Safe Working Conditions are a Pro-Life Issue

Religious groups throughout the U.S. are signing the “Investor Statement on Bangledesh,” a statement intended for the likes of Wal-Mart and GAP to sign — but they won’t. In the wake of the Bangladesh factory fire, people of faith do not want their consciences tainted by the clothes they wear. They do not want clothing… Read more Safe Working Conditions are a Pro-Life Issue

Religious groups throughout the U.S. are signing the “Investor Statement on Bangledesh,” a statement intended for the likes of Wal-Mart and GAP to sign — but they won’t. In the wake of the Bangladesh factory fire, people of faith do not want their consciences tainted by the clothes they wear. They do not want clothing manufacturers profiting off other’s lives, specifically Bangeladeshi lives, for cheap clothing. The statement is intended for clothing manufacturers to sign on and say (my paraphrase): “We are committed to protecting the lives of the people who work for us to provide our products at very low cost. Despite the low wages, we are committed to doing everything in our power to ensure that the factories that we commission have the highest safety standards and managers who violate those standards at the expense of their workers will be released. And, when any suffering happens to workers creating our products, we will make sure they are appropriately and generously compensated for their loss. It’s the LEAST we can do.”

Here’s a story on the various groups signing on and advocating this statement: http://www.businessweek.com/news/2013-05-16/religious-groups-urge-brands-to-address-bangladesh-plant-safety

Here’s an amazing statement from the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (follow them! They’re amazing): http://www.iccr.org/news/press_releases/2013/pr_bangladeshletter051613.php