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The Catastrophe of Bangladesh - An emblematic case of global capitalism

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30 April 2013

[PDF] The Catastrophe of Bangladesh - An emblematic case of global capitalism

Author: Alejandro Teitelbaum, Jus Semper Global Alliance

In this brief…[Alejandro Teitelbaum, former Permanent Representative to the UN for the American Association of Jurists]…analyses the catastrophe that occurred in Bangladesh in a building where more than 3000 people worked and where almost a third died. The author makes it clear that this is not an isolated mishap but the most recent "accident" in an extremely perverse system that operates consciously knowing the high probability of recurrence...[The author alleges that]...companies sign agreements that avoid addressing the fundamental problem...Agreements that although they mitigate the effects of the context of blatant super exploitation, they deliberately do not take responsibility for being the intellectual authors and material beneficiaries of said context. [Refers to adidas, Aldi, Auchan, Benetton, C & A, Calvin Klein, Carrefour, El Corte Inglés, Esprit, Gap, G-Star, H & M, Helly Hansen, Inditex, KiK, Lidl, Loblaws, Mango, Marks & Spencer, Mothercare, New Look, N Brown Group, Next, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Primark, PVH, Sainsbury’s, Stockmann, Switcher, Tchibo, Tesco, Walmart]

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