Made in Bangladesh: Behind the Factory Fire

An insight into Bangladesh’s clothing supply chain and working conditions in the country’s garment factories.

Ten years ago, in November 2006, Al Jazeera English was launched. To mark that anniversary, we’ve created REWIND, which updates some of the channel’s most memorable and award-winning documentaries of the past decade. We find out what happened to some of the characters in those films and ask how their stories have developed in the years since our cameras left.

In November 2012, a fire at the Tazreen Fashions factory in Bangladesh killed at least 112 people. Found among the ashes were the charred remains of garments being manufactured for large US clothing companies.

So why were they being made there, and what do huge multinational corporations do to monitor working conditions in factories like these?

In this Peabody award-winning episode of Al Jazeera’s Fault Lines strand, reporter Anjali Kamat went in search of answers.

Since that report aired, however, worker conditions in factories have been slow to change and industry reforms haven’t been easy.

REWIND revisits that documentary and the underlying issues for factory workers that largely remain today.