The Fifth Estate Made in Bangladesh Classroom Favourites

The Fifth Estate Made in Bangladesh Classroom Favourites

As Canadians, a lot of our clothes bear the label "Made in Bangladesh." But before the deadly collapse of a garment factory there in April 2013, most of us never thought about the people who make them. In Canada, the story hit close to the bone, when tags and clothing bearing the name "Joe Fresh" appeared in the rubble. Bangladesh is now the second largest exporter of readymade garments in the world after China. In Canada, retailers began flocking to the country after Ottawa dropped import duties from Bangladesh back in 2003. The result? Imports from Bangladesh to Canada shot up by 618%. Add to that the fact that the country has the lowest monthly minimum wage for garment workers at $38 a month or 24 cents an hour. It made Bangladesh irresistible to purveyors of fast fashion like Loblaw, Wal-Mart, HBC and Lululemon. The Fifth Estate’s Mark Kelley went to Bangladesh and tracked down workers who say they are still forced to make clothes for Canada in dangerous conditions. Winner: International Emmy Award, Current Affairs and News.

  • 2013
  • 00:43:35
  • 15-17
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