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Bangladesh, as of 2013, was notorious for its substandard wages, the lowest in the world at $35 a month, unsafe working conditions, and resistance to labor rights and organizing.

In June 2013 the United States acted on a complaint of the AFL-CIO with respect to labor rights and suspended the preferred trading status of Bangladesh for 60 days.[1]

An enforceable Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh has been entered into by retailers, mostly European, which pledges both inspections and funding to improve conditions in Bangladesh factories.[2] There is a competing voluntary program the Bangladesh Worker Safety Initiative by leading American retailers. Founding firms include Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited; Carter's Inc.; The Children's Place Retail Stores Inc.; Gap Inc.; Hudson’s Bay Company; IFG Corp.; J.C. Penney Company Inc.; The Jones Group Inc.; Kohl’s Department Stores; L. L. Bean Inc.; Macy's; Nordstrom Inc.; Public Clothing Company; Sears Holdings Corporation; Target Corporation; VF Corporation; and Wal-Mart Stores Inc.[3]


There is a large fabric industry and little or no facilities for treatment of waste water.[4]

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