Disney pulled out of Bangladesh factories in March amid safety concerns

Posted By KATE STANTON, UPI.com   |   May 3, 2013 at 12:40 AM   |   Comments

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May 3 (UPI) -- Last month's deadly factory collapse in Dhaka, Bangladesh, has prompted many clothing retailers to reconsider their relationships with manufacturers in developing countries.

But according to reports, Disney is one retailer that already started to pull out of the country back in March, citing safety concerns. The company made the decision in the wake of a November factory fire in Dhaka that killed 112 people.

"After much thought and discussion we felt this was the most responsible way to manage the challenges associated with our supply chain," Disney said in a letter to vendors and licensees, asking them to pull out of countries not placed on its "Permitted Sourcing Countries List." Other countries on the list include Belarus, Ecuador, Pakistan and Venezuela.

"Because Disney is primarily a licensor of intellectual properties, we must rely more heavily upon our licensees and vendors to help ensure working conditions that are consistent with Disney’s standards," the letter also read.

With Disney nearly out of the picture in Bangladesh, other retailers are left to consider the appropriate reaction to April's horrific building collapse. On Wednesday, representatives from dozens of international clothing companies -- including Walmart, Gap, Mango, Benetton and H&M -- met in Germany to discuss their response to the disaster.

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