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Poll: Will the Bangladesh factory collapse change the way you shop?

As the death toll passes 1,000, we want to know: Will this incident have an impact on your shopping habits?

Rescuers carry a body retrieved from the rubble of the eight-story Rana Plaza building that collapsed in Savar, near Dhaka.
Rescuers carry a body retrieved from the rubble of the eight-story Rana Plaza building that collapsed in Savar, near Dhaka.
Image: Ismail Ferdous/AP

THE DEATH TOLL from the collapse of a garment factory in Bangladesh last month has now risen past 1,000, in the latest of a spate of factory-related tragedies in the country.

Most of the employees at the factory near Dhaka were earning around $40 a month, making clothing for brands such as Primark and Mango. On the day of the incident, employees were forced to work in the building despite the appearance of cracks in the structure the previous day.

Some Western retailers have been threatening to pull out of certain countries unless the authorities come up with a credible programme to raise standards for workers. However there are fears that this could severely impact on the economies of these countries, as many depend heavily on the industry for employment.

But we want to know how incidents like this affect your shopping habits.

Will the Bangladesh factory collapse change the way you shop?


Poll Results:

No, I won't change the way I shop at all. (1271)
I don't know. (1228)
I won't change the way I shop but I will petition retailers about the issue. (475)
Yes, I will reduce the number of products from these countries that I buy. (373)
Yes, I will stop buying products made in certain countries. (213)





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