Fast Fashion, Cheap Clothes and the Bangladesh Disaster

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The death toll from the collapse of a Bangladesh clothing factory surpassed 600 on Monday, making it the deadliest disaster in the history of the garment industry. Officials from Walmart, San Francisco-based Gap Inc. and other retailers met in Germany after the collapse to talk about improving safety measures in Bangladesh. We discuss the social costs of cheap clothing. Are you concerned about where and how your clothes are made?

Interview Highlights


Katie Quan, associate chair of the UC Berkeley Labor Center

Ian Maitland, professor at the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management

Dara O'Rourke, associate professor of environmental and labor policy, UC Berkeley; co-founder of GoodGuide

Renee Dudley, reporter covering discount retailers, Bloomberg News