Unethic Business Essay

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Report on Deadly Factory Collapse in Bangladesh Finds Widespread Blame | Munir Uz Zaman/Agence France-Presse — Getty ImagesA report blamed the mayor for wrongly granting construction approvals and recommended charges for the Rana Plaza building's owner. By JIM YARDLEYPublished: May 22, 2013 | DHAKA, Bangladesh — A factory building that collapsed last month outside Dhaka, killing more than 1,000 workers in the deadliest disaster in the history of the garment industry, was constructed with substandard materials and in blatant disregard for building codes, a high-level government report issued Wednesday concluded. The 400-page report on the collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Savar, an industrial suburb of Dhaka, the capital, found widespread fault for the April 24 disaster, which killed 1,127 people. It blamed the mayor for wrongly granting construction approvals and recommended charges against the building’s owner, Sohel Rana, and the owners of the five garment factories in the building that could result in life sentences if they are convicted. The factory owners urged workers to return to their jobs despite evidence that the building was unsafe, the report said. “They compelled them to start,” said Main Uddin Khandaker, a high-ranking official in Bangladesh’s Home Ministry, who led the investigation. The Rana Plaza disaster has focused global attention on unsafe conditions in the garment industry in Bangladesh, which is the world’s second-leading exporter of clothing, trailing only China. Bangladesh has more than 5,000 garment factories, handling orders for nearly all of the world’s top brands and retailers such as Joe Fresh. It has become an export powerhouse largely by delivering lower costs, in part by having the lowest wages in the world for garment workers. In addition to extremely low wages, the factories have some of the worst factory working

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