How to Make Responsible Clothing Purchases

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

clothing rack sweaters (ejorpin/flickr)

The building collapse in Bangladesh that killed over a thousand garment workers has led to renewed attention to international standards for textile factories. Steven Greenhouse, New York Times labor and workplace correspondent and author of The Big Squeeze: Tough Times for the American Worker, talks about what options are available to clothing manufacturers and consumers that ensure fair treatment of the workers employed by contractors and subcontractors.

Listeners: Have you taken any action as a result of the building collapse in Dhaka? How do you try to ensure that your clothing purchases are responsible? Call 212-433-9692 or post your comments and questions here.


Steven Greenhouse

Comments [5]

anna from NJ

check out the info about the Alta Gracia factory run by
fair wages in an open book management and fair labor assn approved factory in the DR
there was an article in the NY times biz section a few months ago and a few speeches by the CEO Joseph Bozich can be seen online good stuff

May. 16 2013 05:02 PM
Brad from Carroll Gardens

Why not follow up on this story with a look at garment sweatshops in NYC? You can reach out to the Chinese Staff & Workers Association or the Workers Justice Project.

May. 14 2013 09:14 PM
Larry S. from Carroll Gardens

Bob from Brooklyn -- I suggest you establish your own utopia. An apt name would be One Trick Pony Town.

May. 14 2013 11:22 AM
Tony from Canarsie

OT, but could you please ask the gentleman who reads the news to try not to sound so excited about Prince Harry being in New Jersey? A lot of us don't care. End of rant.

May. 14 2013 11:19 AM
Bob from Brooklyn

Slavery is America's Passport.

May. 14 2013 11:06 AM

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