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Rana Plaza: Workplace Safety in Bangladesh (B)
In the aftermath of the Rana Plaza building collapse, a group of international retailers and labor unions partnered to create a proposal for more stringent inspections and enforcement of safety standards in Bangladesh garment factories. The proposal was met by opposition from several U.S. firms, which claimed the proposal carried too a high a risk of litigation for them to sign. Neither proposal relied on legislation, but options for government involvement are also discussed in the case.
Keywords: retail trade;
corporate social responsibility;
government and business;
Apparel and Accessories Industry;