Commence structural disaster.
Why the outsourcing?
So who loses?
The Rana Plaza building collapse wasn’t as much of an accident as it was a major governmental failure, exploited upon by larger companies that saw monetary benefit in such negligence. The governance gap directly leads to a dangerous cycle of failure to address the well-being of factory workers. Last year alone, over 700 were killed in Bangladesh from factory fires. Simple provisions, like fire extinguishers and window escapes, were ignored and ultimately resulted in disastrous events that could have been easily prevented. Unfortunately, those who lose are those who make up the backbone of major companies today. Laborers employed to work in such garment factories are neglected, yet stuck in the job—garment work is consistent and present in countries where work is otherwise difficult and sometimes impossible to find. Through their research, Posner and Labowitz are looking to seek solutions and explanations for a serious, yet highly unaddressed question: what should companies do to advance human rights? More concerning is another: at what human cost do companies profit?
From a blunt but pragmatic perspective, changing policy simply for the sake of improving the lives of the underrepresented doesn’t happen. The world is large, and often indifferent to the plight of the quiet. However, in the context of business, government listens—especially when monetary profits are at stake. Ideally, this mindset should change. But for now, we’ve got to fight for human rights through a corporate approach.