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Fernando Jiménez

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What conclusion should we made from the deadly collapse of a factory in Bangladesh?

I used to ear that we live on a global world, that all of us are interconnected, but this connections are not two-ways, the first world it´s just interested in one-way, rejecting the other.

What kind of controls do we have about the labor condictions of the people who woks for us in the third world?

What the ONU do about that?

Does the market punish companies that abuse of poor people?


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    May 17 2013: Lizzanne:

    Your first hand comment it´s very interesting.

    Of course it´s not easy to solve this kind of problems, dont´t you think that if costumer pay more like a "secure tax", for the workers in poor countries, the companies should give them better conditions?, i don´t think so.

    I think that we need strong control, the ONU, or the International Commerce Organization, have to involve in this stuff. Otherwise it´s wet paper.
    • May 17 2013: Hi Fernando,
      as a 'simple consumer', but with a first-hand look at those conditions, I truly wish I, in some way, could help change those awful circumstances... While we are still coping with this tragedy, yet another factory, the Rana Plaza complex near Dhaka, burnt to the ground, killing 8 people, a few weeks ago on April 24th!

      Have you seen this article in the Guardian?
      Disney has pulled out, and as more large corporations do that, the damage to the economy will be severe.
      According to this perspective, the solution may lie in an increase in minimum wage. But, he also suggests a price increase of merely 50 cents per garment, which could go to a sort of trust:
      "If we could create a Garment Workers Welfare Trust in Bangladesh with that additional 50 cents, we could resolve most of the problems workers face – safety, work environment, pensions, healthcare, housing, their children's health, education, childcare, retirement, old age and travel."

      Here is an interesting interview with Mike Moriarty, senior partner in A.T. Kearney's consumer and retail practice in Chicago, who talks about what the retail industry can learn from this:
      Among other things, Moriarty says:
      "Corruption, bureaucracy, and unsafe working conditions are all intangible yet important aspects of a low-cost country decision.
      Now, to say that all apparel companies are bad is not true. In fact, a lot of the labor groups are saying, 'Don’t leave. Stay and help us make this place better.' The global apparel companies are a big part of the solution for these low-cost labor countries, even as they might feel, and rightly so, that they are also contributing to the problem."

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