ERIC Number: EJ1166674
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
The Shirts on Our Backs: Teleological Perspectives on Factory Safety in Bangladesh
Dhooge, Lucien J.
Journal of Legal Studies Education, v33 n2 p379-413 Sum 2016
This case study addresses the issue of factory safety in the garment industry through an examination of two recent catastrophic failures in Bangladesh. The case study was designed for students in Business Ethics in the MBA curriculum at the Scheller College of Business at the Georgia Institute of Technology. The case study has also been adapted for utilization in the undergraduate course in international business law in the module emphasizing ethical considerations in international business. Parts II and III set out the objectives and methods of classroom delivery for the case study entitled "The Shirts on Our Backs: Factory Safety in the Garment Industry." The case study traces the history of factory safety in the garment industry from the Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire in New York in 1911 to the factory fire at Tazreen Fashions in Bangladesh in 2012 and culminates with the collapse of Rana Plaza in 2013, the single deadliest safety failure in the history of the garment industry. The case study places the issue of factory safety in the context of the economics of the garment industry through an analysis of international trade patterns in garments and the importance of the industry to the economy of Bangladesh. The case study then briefly summarizes arguments addressing the question of which parties bear primary responsibility for ensuring factory safety among national governments, retailers, consumers, and labor. The case study examines efforts to address safety issues through the Bangladesh Accord Foundation and the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety. The teaching note concludes in Part IV with questions addressing various stakeholders and the application of teleological ethical theories to the factory safety issue.
Descriptors: Safety, Manufacturing, Occupational Safety and Health, Foreign Countries, Clothing, Case Studies, Undergraduate Students, International Trade, Business Administration Education, International Law, History, Economics, Retailing, Labor, Work Environment, Organizations (Groups), Teaching Methods, Ethics, Fire Protection
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Bangladesh; New York (New York)
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