Think Tank: Fashion Industry's 'Moral Imperative'
Editor’s Note: Think Tank is a periodic column written by industry leaders and other critical thinkers. Today’s column is written by Congressman George Miller of California, an apparel-producing state. He is the senior Democratic member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
The death toll in Bangladesh’s garment industry is staggering, with 1,000 dead over the past several years. In the latest tragedy, an eight-story building that housed five garment factories collapsed, killing more than 500 so far, injuring more than 1,000 and leaving an unknown number of people trapped in the rubble of the Rana Plaza. And just five months earlier, a devastating fire at the Tazreen Fashions factory killed at least 112 garment workers.
These two tragedies are not isolated. Since Tazreen, at least 40 incidents causing death and injuries as the result of fires and explosions at garment factories have occurred. Undoubtedly more will follow unless the major fashion brands change their business models.