Messages left for Inditex officials have not been answered. The company posts information on its website about its efforts to insure the safety of the workers making its clothing. It says the company "conducts technical assistance visits to manufacturing facilities," and it employs a team of 40 independent experts to audit the facilities that make its labels, "which in 2012 alone resulted in more than 600 technical assistance visits to suppliers worldwide."
Nova and other advocates for improved safety conditions said the latest fire indicates that what little efforts have been made by Western brands to date are not working.
"How many more workers have to die before ... big retailers finally commit to pay for the reforms that are needed to make the industry in Bangladesh safe?" Nova said.