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Don’t blame the brands

When working conditions are bad, point the finger at local authorities

A clothes factory in Mumbai. Local and national authorities should be blamed for bad working conditions—not global brands. © BBC World Service

The horrific consequences of inadequate safety standards and enforcement of provisions such as keeping exit doors open are illustrated, alas, all too well in the fatalities caused by the recent fires in garment factories in Bangladesh and Pakistan. Perhaps what is especially appalling about these deaths is that they could have been so easily avoided.

The public outcry against such deplorable working conditions…

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