The Dear Price of Cheap Clothing

An international accord overseeing safety in Bangladesh’s garment industry may cede control to the government pending a Supreme Court ruling next week.
 
The accord was installed after the catastrophic 2013 Rana Plaza collapse that killed over 1,100 people. Under its watch, annual industry deaths fell from 71 to 17, and 1,688 facilities were outfitted with fire doors, sprinklers and upgraded wiring.
 
Among factories left to government oversight, most completed fewer than 20% of required renovations. Over 50 continue operating despite being declared “too dangerous.”
 
Accord critics claim safety upgrades are too expensive and oversight is more intrusive than in other countries.
 
The Guardian

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