Factory: Tazreen Fashions
Key Buyers: C&A, Disney, Li & Fung, MJ Soffe, Sears/Kmart, Walmart
In a horrific fire on November 24, 2012, 111 people were killed from smoke inhalation, leaping from upper floors to try and escape the blaze, or burning to death. After fire alarms sounded, rather than evacuate the building, managers had told workers to return to work.
The Tazreen factory was audited multiple times by Walmart and, it is virtually certain, by other large buyers, including Li & Fung and C&A. According to documents published by the factory, the Walmart audits identified serious problems, but the Walmart audit process clearly never led to any fire safety improvements.
- WRC Memo re MJ Soffe and the Tazreen Factory – December 4, 2012
- WRC Memo re Saturday’s Devastating Factory Fire in Bangladesh and the Urgent Need for Reform – November 30, 2012