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In April 2013 1,100 garment workers died when a nine-storey factory complex collapsed in Bangladesh. These deaths exposed the appalling working conditions in which millions of people sew clothing destined for our high streets – conditions which this project is working to address. This exploitation is usually hidden from view but the scale of this tragedy was so great, that…
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Rescue of a garment after factory collapse in Bangladesh, 2013 ©Getty Images
In Bangladesh, more than three million people work in over 5,000 garment factories producing cheap clothing in appalling working conditions. Bangladesh is the third biggest exporter of clothes in the world after China and Italy, with 85% of its exports sold in Europe and the United States. The pressure applied by international retailers to turn around clothing cheaply and quickly…
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Rescue of a garment after factory collapse in Bangladesh, 2013 ©Getty Images