Consumers around the world want lower prices for everything. In response to consumer wants and needs, many clothing brands and clothing retailers manufacture garments in low labor cost countries like Bangladesh. This article in Bloomberg Businessweek, “Clothing Keeps Getting Cheaper, and Factory Workers Are Paying the Price,” (October 27, 2016) describes how keeping costs low makes it difficult for factories to meet employee safety requirements.
After reading the article, do you feel unsafe working environments are just part of the cost of doing business? Should importing countries like the United States regulate safety in other countries? Should clothing brands demand safer workplaces? Even if it means their costs will rise?