Walmart is one of the largest buyers of Bangladeshi garments, and Bangladesh is one of the largest suppliers to Walmart. This relationship means Walmart has tremendous power to improve working conditions, increase wages, and prevent human trafficking and other abuses in Bangladesh. Nearly 80% of Bangladeshi exports are clothing, and the industry employs some three million people. The vast majority of those workers are women. By raising its wages to $72 a month, Walmart could significantly reduce workplace abuse and exploitation. And by improving the lives of so many women, they could lift generations of Bangladeshis out of poverty.
But Walmart has proved too often that they are not willing to stand up for workers' rights or support an end to abuses like child and slave labor. They have repeatedly fought to keep wages and rights down. Tell Walmart it's time to make a change and actually support workers' rights.