Amazon accused of selling clothes from blacklisted factories On-line goods retailer, Amazon have landed themselves in hot water over a news article claiming that vendors on their website are buying clothing from black-listed factories.
In a report published by The Wall Street Journal on the 23rd October 2019, they claim e-tail juggernaut offers a “steady stream of clothing” from Bangladeshi factories that most leading retailers have deemed “too dangerous” to enter their supply chains.
This problem rests mainly in Amazon’s third-party marketplace, which is made up of mainly anonymous sellers who are ignoring Amazon’s own code of ethics or business conduct.
The WSJ have traced a yellow gingham toddler top, listed on Amazon for $4.99 by a New York City retailer, to a factory in Chittagong, Bangladesh, that isn’t equipped with fire alarms.
An 18-year-old employee told the Journal that she spends 12-hour days sewing shirts with 300 other people. She also claims that all of them are kept inside until they fulfil a set amount of orders.
The Wall Street Journal also found other fashion clothing items on Amazon that were made in Bangladeshi factories and blacklisted by other retailers including Walmart, Target, Costco and Gap.
All of these retailers have refused to buy goods from these factories due to safety concerns highlighted by safety-monitoring groups.
These problems include crumbling infrastructure, faulty alarms and missing sprinklers and fire barriers. The Accord for Building and Fire Safety in Bangladesh and the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety are two groups that were formed by brands and retailers in the wake of the 2013 Rana Plaza building collapse.
This killed, 1,137 garment workers and injured thousands of others. They have blacklisted over 300 factories in Bangladesh.
A source told The Wall Street Journal that Amazon neglects to inspect factories that make the clothing it buys from wholesalers. It also fails to validate the origins of clothes sold by third-party sellers on their site.
In place of this, they are totally reliant on both the wholesalers and re-sellers to adhere to their own terms and conditions. Critics claim Amazon’s agreement with third-party sellers doesn’t make their terms explicit. Amazon have committed to carry out a full investigation relating to these matters.
Some of the items produced by banned factories were listed for sale by Amazon directly. However, the majority were being sold by third-party sellers using the Amazon on-line platform.
Amazon have hit back and said that if they become aware that any product is produced in factory that may not meet our supply chain standards, they will remove it from their store.
In Amazon’s defence, they are not the only retailer guilty of selling clothing from questionable sources. A selection of garments found on Amazon’s site were also listed on Walmart.com’s online marketplace as well as Target.
Chatting to The Wall Street Journal, a spokesperson for Walmart said they would investigate these allegations. Retailer, Target have removed its listing but declined to comment to the newspaper.
Amazon selling clothes from blacklisted factories