Sunday, September 11, 2016

Labor Groups Call on Bangladesh to Improve Industrial Safety



Firefighters work to put out a deadly fire at a packaging factory in Tongi industrial area outside Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Saturday.

 

A deadly fire at the Tampaco Foils factory in Tongi, Bangladesh, killing thirty people caused the International labor-rights and factory-safety groups to force the Bangladesh government to speed up and expand the country’s industrial-safety-improvement program. Low cost manufacturing is the backbone of the Bangladesh economy, which is the third largest clothing exporter of clothing. Due to the increase in factories to accommodate the manufacturing needs, safety regulations have slipped and lead to many industrial accidents. In response to the various industrial accidents in the area, an international safety coalition was there to inspect thousands of factories and help with financial support for improvements to infrastructures and fire safety. Bangladesh’s government along with International Labor Organization was also conducting safety inspection in thousands of factories in the area. It seem that Bangladesh’s government and International labor organization have been focusing more on the 5000 garment factories and put the other factories on the backburner.  The recent deadly fire Tampaco Foils factory has lead the international labor organization and workers right consortium, as well as several other organizations, to urge Bangladesh government to accelerate and increase their safety campaign in all factories in the area. Employees have the right to work in a safe environment and the global companies involved in manufacturing products in Bangladesh, should require that these improvement are made in order to produce these products in Bangladesh. I am not in the manufacturing industry, but I do work in the shipping industry and if we do not have an excellent safety record, then out customers will pull business from us. We emphasis out safety slogan that Safety is our Franchise to Operate and out safety goal is no harm to people, no harm to equipment, and no harm the environment. This should be everyone’s goal regardless of the industry you work in.

 


 

2 comments:

  1. This issue highlights the need for more discussions on corporate social responsibility across global supply chains. Factory safety issues have always plagued Bangladesh (and other developing nations), which has thousands of garment and packaging factories that supply products to global chains like Wal-Mart, The GAP, and H&M. Incidents like the 2012 Dhaka fire at the Tazreen Fashion factory and the April 2013 Savar building collapse in Rana Plaza pushed U.S. and European companies to consider how the behavior of their suppliers influences their overall impact on society. For conscientious consumers, the quality of the final product now also includes the social responsibility facet of the company. This is and will continue to be the future of supply chain management and with that involves ethical issues in international marketing. Claiming ignorance is no longer acceptable or tolerated. As such, with Nestle and British American Tobacco as two of the top customers of Tampaco Foils the question must be asked--why are they producing at a factory where basic safety precautions are not in place such as routine boiler inspections? Ally Montillo

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