16Evaluating social transparency in global fashion supply chains

Denis Bozic and Alexis H. Bateman

1. Introduction

Following the collapse of Rana Plaza on 24 April 2013 in Dhaka, Bangladesh, which killed more than 1,100 workers, the fashion industry has fallen under publicized scrutiny for not ensuring safe and healthy conditions for its workers (“Bursting at the seams,” 2013; Burke, 2015). Reports of physical and verbal abuse, child labor, unsanitary working conditions, unpaid wages and restriction of basic human rights across global media outlets revealed the demanding and life-threatening situations that workers in the fashion industry face on a daily basis (Burke, 2015; Butler, 2016).

Motivated by increasing pressure from concerned stakeholders, ...

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