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Bangladesh: Investigation finds clothes sold on Amazon produced in factories blacklisted for safety issues; Includes company comments

"Amazon Sells Clothing From Bangladeshi Factories Blacklisted for Safety Issues", 23 October 2019

...A Wall Street Journal investigation...found that...[Amazon] offers a “steady stream of clothing” from Bangladeshi factories that most leading retailers have deemed “too dangerous” to enter their supply chains.

The problem rests predominantly in Amazon’s third-party marketplace, which consists of millions of sellers...who don’t have to comply with Amazon’s own code of ethics or business conduct...

 ...Some of the products produced by banned factories were listed for sale by Amazon directly, but two-thirds were being sold by third-party sellers using Amazon’s platform...

...A spokesman told the Journal that...[Amazon] doesn’t inspect factories that make the clothing it buys from wholesalers, or that originates from third-party sellers....it relies on both wholesalers and sellers to “adhere to the same safety standards,” though Amazon’s agreement with third-party sellers doesn’t make those terms explicit.

“If we become aware that a product is from a factory that may not meet our supply chain standards, we will remove the product from our store,”...

...A number of garments found on Amazon’s site were also listed on Walmart.com’s online marketplace...Target, too, listed on its website items from one banned factory. (Walmart told the Journal it would look into those products; Target removed its listing and declined to comment.)