Our Global Supply Chain, from China and Bangladesh to the West Coast Ports

Friday, February 13, 2015

It's New York fashion week, the week where top designers have the latest in fashion modeled. But what happens behind the scenes in our global fashion supply chain in places like Bangladesh. Over a year ago, Bangladesh made headlines when the Rana Plaza factory collapsed, killing more than 1,100 garment workers. The Bangladesh garment industry has over 4 million workers, 80 percent women, who are paid poorly and work in unsafe conditions.  
Fast fashion’s lack of American-made clothing (VIDEO) - MSNBC

It's rather difficult not to have purchased at least one item that says "Made in China". BBC investigated the conditions of factories in China and uncovered that on top of low wages and poor working conditions, factories charge new factory recruits a fee, which is sometimes up to an entire months pay. Apple banned the practice, which is called bonded labor. But the BBC's investigation found that Pegatron, a supplier for Apple, breached Apple's standards by charging the fee to their employees.   
Apple bans 'bonded servitude' for factory workers - BBC News

An estimated $1 trillion dollars in goods from places like Bangladesh and China moves through west coast ports each year. For several months now, there has been a labor dispute between shipowners and longshoremen. Yesterday, port operators locked out workers, and are expected to do it again throughout President's Day weekend.    
Port lockouts and the sea's importance in supply chain - Market Place



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