A solution to a garment industry crisis?

May 28, 2013
The solution to garment industry worker abuses could lay in the hands of an unexpected retailer.

Plenty of finger-pointing, but little compensation in Bangladesh factory tragedies

Apr 25, 2013
The collapse of a factory in Bangladesh reportedly producing clothing for American and European companies is raising questions about what those companies owe after a tragedy.
Bangladeshi volunteers and rescue workers are pictured at the scene after an eight-story building collapsed in Savar, on the outskirts of Dhaka, on April 25, 2013.
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Building collapse in Bangladesh kills garment factory workers

Apr 24, 2013
A building collapse at a garment factory in Bangladesh has left at least 100 people dead and injured a thousand more. This is the second disaster at a Bangladeshi garment factory in less than six months.

Wal-Mart gives suppliers a deadline to disclose factory details

Apr 15, 2013
Wal-Mart wants suppliers to list exactly which factories they work with. The retail giant says it will cut ties with anyone who subcontracts work without permission.

Harley-Davidson pulls the plug on factory floor music

Mar 6, 2013
Harley-Davidson factories no longer allow music on the assembly line, due to safety concerns.

Apple finds underage labor in its Chinese supply chain

Jan 25, 2013
The report on supplier responsibility from Apple indicates progress on working conditions and excessive overtime requirements at the tech giant's Chinese suppliers, including its largest supplier, Foxconn. But the report also revealed one supplier was employing child workers.

Bangladesh mourns factory worker deaths

Nov 27, 2012
Bangladesh is holding a day of mourning following a deadly garment factory fire. It has emerged the factory was making products for western companies, including Wal-Mart.

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The end of the Great Migration: A factory town's downward slide

Oct 1, 2012
Nearly a quarter of a billion Chinese workers relocated from the country's interior to the factory towns on the coast in one of the largest human migration the planet has ever known. Now, 20 years later, the great migration is drawing to a close.

Can spying on workers be a good thing?

Apr 30, 2012
Do you work harder when someone is watching you? A company called Arrowsight that thinks you do. It's helping other companies install cameras in the workplace to make sure employees are doing their jobs correctly.

The people behind your iPad: The bosses

Apr 12, 2012
Marketplace's Rob Schmitz was offered a rare glimpse into the world of Apple's usually secret supply chain. Here's the story of the people who help run Apple's Chinese producer, Foxconn.