DHAKA, Bangladesh — Bangladesh's finance minister downplayed the impact of last week's factory-building collapse on his country's garment industry, saying he didn't think it was "really serious" Friday, hours after the 500th body was pulled from the debris.
Walmart, Gap, JC Penney, The Children's Place, Benetton all have clothing made in this or other factories in the complex. The garment industry is easily the largest export income stream in Bangladesh.
Currently many US companies are trying to get some deal signed to insure better, safer working conditions. Walmart is dragging it's heals.
I don't shop at Walmart, but I'm wondering if a 'boycott' is the best way to express displeasure to these companies. I'd gladly give them an extra buck when purchasing my stylish new tee if they could insure me it would go directly into improving labor conditions.