Walmart tries to blame Rogue Supplier-BUT-Photos Taken SHOW Clothing With Walmart's EXCLUSIVE Label
Walmart Blames Rogue Supplier for Apparel Found at Site of Deadly Factory Fire (Updated)
A document on the website of the factory’s owner, Tuba Group, showed that the factory had received an “orange” rating from Walmart in May 2011, because of “violations and/or conditions that were deemed to be high risk.” The same document said that three such ratings within two years would result in a year-long suspension by Walmart.
“Obviously, they didn’t do anything about it,” said Nova. He called Walmart’s internal monitoring system “a joke” that was “set up to enable Walmart to claim that it’s policing, without in any way, shape or form inconveniencing its production process.”
(Walmart initially told The New York Times it was “unable to confirm” the veracity of the Tuba Group document, or whether the factory supplied any Walmart goods).
Photos taken after the fire taken the Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity, provided to The Nation by the International Labor Rights Forum, show clothing with Walmart’s exclusive Faded Glory label (photos below). Monday morning, WRC's Nova accused Walmart of intentionally dragging its feet on admitting its connection to the factory, in hopes that by the time the connection is confirmed, the media will have lost interest.