Another Factory Collapse Kills 2
Cambodian facility makes Asics sneakers
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted May 16, 2013 9:13 AM CDT
Ambulances wait to transfer injured workers at the site of a factory collapse in Kai Ruong village, south of Phnom Penh, Cambodia.   (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

(Newser) – Another factory collapse is in the headlines, this one in Cambodia. The ceiling caved in at a facility outside Phnom Penh that makes Asics sneakers, reports the AP. At least two workers are dead and seven injured. It's not even close to the scale of the disaster in Bangladesh three weeks ago, but critics say it's another example of the shoddy conditions endured by menial workers so retailers can sell clothes in the West.

“The shoe and garment industry is built upon huge profits and little concern for the well-being of their workers,” a spokeswoman for the Clean Clothes Campaign tells the New York Times. Asics is a Japanese company whose shoes are popular with American runners, in part because of the company's reputation for corporate responsibility, says the Times. Some big Western retailers, meanwhile, are pledging reforms in the wake of the Bangladesh tragedy.

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May 16, 2013 9:39 AM CDT
This is partially why i started up my own clothing company. I sell my garments for the same price as alot of the H&M companies do- only difference if 100% of my pieces are 100% Canadian. support local economy, provide local jobs that pay well, and don't take advantage of people in third world countries. Too many poor workers busting their asses off for mere pennies, i dont feel right buying anything from any company that has anything to do with this cheap-labour-high-profit strategy. completely unethical, pretty much summarizes what wrong with our western culture. exploiting the less fortunate for our own profit and benefit, regardless of the consequences. Selfish, self-centered white people lol..