Canadian yoga pants specialist, Lululemon Athletica Inc., has reportedly assured to look into the allegations of workers’ abuse in a Bangladesh garment factory that produces for it after a recent media report highlighted how female workers in the said unit are being mistreated
“Members of Lululemon’s social responsibility and production team visited the factory in Bangladesh immediately to speak with workers and learn more,” maintained a Lululemon spokesman to Thomson Reuters Foundation by e-mail, adding, “We will work with an independent non-profit third party to fully investigate the matter. While our production at this factory is extremely limited, we will ensure workers are protected from any form of abuse and are treated fairly.”
The earlier report stated that the workers of the said factory reportedly alleged that they had to face abuse for various reasons. Factory workers who break any rules or leave earlier than expected are verbally abused by management and hit. Some said they had been made to work despite ill-health.
Meanwhile, President of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), Dr. Rubana Huq reportedly criticised the investigation and report for trying to ‘tarnish the country’s image’.
“The report did not make it clear about how many workers it interrogated,” Rubana reportedly told, adding, “The truth, correctness and credibility of the information provided by the workers (respondents) was not verified which makes the report flawed.”