The tragic collapse of the eight storey commercial building in Dhaka last week which left over 500 dead is a point to reflect on.
I hear that Disney were considering stopping sourcing their goods from Bangladesh because of poor working conditions for workers which have resulted in accidents prior to last week.
If a backpack made in Bangladesh retails in the States for $10, and the alternative is one at $40, there is sufficient margin perhaps to offer more to the Bangladeshi factories...this would take off some pressure and definitely enable them improve both workers' wages as well as working safety.
Bangladesh relies on a huge number in its GDP on garment manufacturing, and prides itself as the cheapest on price. It would be amiss for buyers to pull out, thereby reducing jobs and livelihood of people. To the contrary, it may be noble to offer continued support in purchasing goods made in Bangladesh, and offering them a better price for their work. I believe it would effectively take pressure off and help them improve working conditions and safety. Next time customers in England or U.S. pay a couple of quid more on an item, they will know the money is actually reaching people to sustain their livelihoods and improve their safety at work. In this regard the Bangladeshi government could possibly expand the number of factory inspectors, and implement measures to improve peoples' safety.
In the wake of the tragedy, it is time for consumers in the West to offer ongoing support for manufacturers in Bangladesh.