Global Supply Chain: How a Factory in Bangladesh is Contracted to Sew Your Shirt

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A relative argues with a member of the police as he shows a picture of a garment worker, who has been missing, during a protest demanding capital punishment for those responsible for the collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Savar, outside Dhaka April 29, 2013.


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How does a company like Primark contract a factory in Bangladesh to sew their clothing? And how much do they know about conditions on that factory’s floor?

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A lot more than you think according to Robert Ross. Ross is a professor of Sociology at Clark University and author the book, “Slaves to Fashion: Poverty and Abuse.

“[Clothing companies] know darn well what’s going on with the sizing, with the stitching, with the buttonholes. They’re paying very close attention to that. The fact of the matter is, they are not insulated from the factory cultures of the places they’re operating in,” says Ross.

Anchor Marco Werman speaks with Ross about the ins and outs of garment manufacturing overseas.