Planning a Long-Term Response to the Bangladesh Factory Fire

Despite the amazing story of the young woman rescued from the rubble after 17 days, the shocking death toll from the Bangladesh factory collapse is now around 1,050. To put that in perspective, there were fewer casualties in the South Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

Some of the Western firms who have sub-contractors operating in Bangladesh are beginning to announce long-term responses to the tragedy. Disney, for instance, has announced plans to stop production of branded merchandise in the country, although that seems to have been decided just before this latest disaster. The company is also pulling out of Ecuador, Venezuela, Belarus and Pakistan by April 2014.

According to CNN, “[Disney] said its decision was based on a report from the World Bank that assesses how countries are governed, using metrics like accountability, corruption and violence, among others. The five countries from which Disney pulled production had the lowest scores on those measures.”

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