Nov. 26, 2012 -- Our thoughts are with the families of the victims of this tragedy. The Tazreen factory was no longer authorized to produce merchandise for Walmart. A supplier subcontracted work to this factory without authorization and in direct violation of our policies. Today, we have terminated the relationship with that supplier. The fact that this occurred is extremely troubling to us, and we will continue to work across the apparel industry to improve fire safety education and training in Bangladesh.
For more information on our fire safety initiatives in Bangladesh, please see our most recent Global Responsibility Report: http://www.walmartstores.com/sites/responsibility-report/2012/ethicalSourcingWorld.aspx