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Western shoppers unsure about pressuring retailers about Bangladesh

Wednesday, May 01, 2013 - 02:04

May 1 - Western shoppers have mixed feelings about boycotting retailers who manufacture goods in Bangladesh after a factory on the outskirts of Dhaka collapsed killing more than 400 people. Deborah Gembara reports.

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A week after a building collapse in Bangladesh killed hundreds of garment workers --- some are wondering what responsibility western retailers who rely on the country's cheap labor have in ensuring safer working conditions. At the moment, two companies --- Britain's Primark and Canadian retailer Joe Fresh have promised to compensate the families of victims. Eric Dirnbach of the International Labor Rights Forum board praised the move . He also thinks it won't mean a dramatic rise in prices. SOUNDBITE: Eric Dirnbach of the International Labor Rights Forum board saying: "People in the U.S. are not going to notice higher prices. They might go up by a nickel or a dime. But I think what it does is sends a message that companies need to come forward and take some responsibility for the problems that they are creating by going to Bangladesh and finding the cheapest labor in the world to make their product." He also believes it is up to U.S. consumers to drive American companies like the Gap and Walmart to follow in the company's footsteps Will the tragedy in Bangladesh have any bearing on the way westerners shop? On the streets of London and New York, feelings are mixed. Some say the issue just seems too distant from their lives to impact their shopping decisions. Bangladesh is the world's second-largest apparel exporter, behind China.

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Western shoppers unsure about pressuring retailers about Bangladesh

Wednesday, May 01, 2013 - 02:04