Bangladesh

4:23pm

Thu June 27, 2013
Planet Money

U.S. Punishes the Wrong Bangladeshi Export: Golf Clubs

Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 9:30 am

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The White House announced today that it was revoking special trade status for Bangladesh, a move apparently meant to send a message to the Bangladeshi government after April's horrific garment factory collapse. Small problem. The move by the White House in no way affects the garment industry.

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1:04pm

Wed May 15, 2013
Planet Money

We're Making T-Shirts. Lots And Lots Of T-Shirts.

Originally published on Tue June 11, 2013 12:26 pm

Kickstarter

Two weeks ago, we launched a Kickstarter campaign to make a t-shirt and tell the story of how it was made. As we wrote on our Kickstarter page:

We'll meet the people who grow the cotton, spin the yarn, and cut and sew the fabric. We'll ride on the cargo ships that bring our t-shirt from factories in Bangladesh and Colombia to ports in the US. And we'll examine the crazy tangle of international regulations which govern the t-shirt trade the whole way.

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12:49pm

Wed May 15, 2013
The Two-Way

Walmart Has Its Own Plan To Help Bangladesh Garment Workers

Originally published on Wed May 15, 2013 1:30 pm

A Wal-Mart store in Paramount, Calif. The company announced it would conduct its own inspections at Bangladeshi factories that produce its goods rather than joining an agreement with other Western retailers.
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Wal-Mart says it has drafted its own plan for improving safety at garment factories in Bangladesh rather than join other Western retailers in a legally binding agreement to pay for improved conditions for workers in the South Asian country.

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6:52pm

Tue May 14, 2013
Planet Money

Episode 458: Bangladesh's T-Shirt Economy

Originally published on Tue June 11, 2013 12:25 pm

Garment workers sew T-shirts at a factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh, in 2009.
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H&M, Zara, Wal-Mart and JC Penney all buy t-shirts from Bangladesh. Soon, Planet Money will too.

As you may have heard, we're making a t-shirt and telling the story of how it's made. We decided a few months ago to work with Jockey to make our t-shirts. Our women's shirt will be made in Colombia. Our men's shirt will be made, in part, in Bangladesh.

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2:33pm

Mon May 13, 2013
The Two-Way

Western Retailers To Fund Upgrades At Bangladesh Factories

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 9:37 pm

Relatives on Sunday attempt to identify the bodies of loved ones following from the collapse of Rana Plaza in Savar, on the outskirts of Dhaka.
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Four retailers who represent the largest purchasers of clothes produced in Bangladesh announced Monday that they have will help finance safety upgrades at apparel factories in the South Asia country after the collapse of a garment complex killed more than 1,000 workers.

The news comes as the death toll in the April 24 collapse of the eight-story Rana Plaza near Dhaka rose to at least 1,127, according to officials.

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