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The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety—started in July 2013 by a group of apparel companies and retailers including Costco, Fruit of the Loom, Macy’s, Sears, Walmart, Target, Kohl’s, Nordstrom, Jordache, and Jones Group—is well into a five-year project to improve the safety of workers in garment factories in Bangladesh.

This offers yet another way for college stores to ensure the garments they sell are coming from factories that pay living wages and provide a safe working environment.

The alliance was built after political and consumer unrest in the wake of several deadly incidents. First, a sweater factory collapse in 2005 killed 64 workers. Then, a fire at another factory killed more than 110 workers before what has been reported as the worst disaster in garment industry history: the collapse of another factory, this one killing more than 1,100 workers.

“Together, the Alliance and our partners are steadily achieving progress that will have a lasting, positive impact on factory workers, the ready-made garment industry, and the country’s economy as a whole,” said Ellen Tauscher, a former U.S. representative who is now the Alliance’s independent chair.


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