After the Ali Enterprises fire, some surviving workers said they had been warned of a visit by inspectors and coached to lie about their working conditions, under threat of dismissal.
A successful audit, bottom line, is just a piece of paper, useful for public relations purposes in soothing consumers, but of no value whatever once a fire starts in an overcrowded building with no exits.
A "check the box" audit that fails to actually gather and evaluate relevant data can result in fraudulent certification.
- "Wal-Mart Nixed Paying Bangladesh Suppliers to Fight Fire" article by Renee Dudley & Arun Devnath, Bloomberg News Dec 5, 2012
- "Inspectors Certified Pakistani Factory as Safe Before Disaster" article by Declan Walsh and Steven Greenhouse in The New York Times September 19, 2012
- "Certified Safe, a Factory in Karachi Still Quickly Burned" article by Declan Walsh and Steven Greenhouse in The New York Times December 7, 2012
- "Fast and Flawed Inspections of Factories Abroad" article by Stephanie Clifford and Steven Greenhouse in The New York Times September 1, 2013
- "Horrific Fire Revealed a Gap in Safety for Global Brands" article by Jim Yardley in The New York Times December 6, 2012