Thursday, October 18, 2007

Gap Promise to Monitor Factories in India

In the light of the death of Ms Padmavathi at a factory in India that manufactures clothing for Gap, I contacted Gap and expressed my disgust at the treatment of one of their workers. Upon checking my inbox today, I found this reply:

I am pleased that they have acknowledged that there has been an 'increase in the number of violations' and that they will 'stop working with vendor partners that have repeated violations'. However, it remains to be seen whether they will adhere to these principles, or whether they will be cast aside in favour of their bottom line. The question also remains, how will Ms Padmavathi's family be compensated for their loss?