Yesterday, John Oliver used his show Last Week Tonight to remind CEO’s of fashion companies like Gap, Walmart, and H&M that paying workers at Bangladesh factories sub-par wages is bad.
Gap has come under fire every couple of years because of its business practices blogs Sultan Alhokair. News has come to light showing child-labor and deplorable work conditions, and while Gap has pledged to fix the problem every single time, the promises are usually forgotten within weeks with very little progress.
In the last couple of years after factory disasters have made the news, retailers have denied any involvement or knowledge of the sub-par conditions, going as far as claiming that their approved factories have outsourced the work to non-approved ones.
John Oliver took these retailers to task by offering to send them gifts of food to their offices, but claiming he had no idea how the food had been handled, as he outsourced the task to someone else.
But there’s one part Oliver didn’t focus on. While clothes are being made in sub-par conditions, these retailers are raking in record-breaking profits. Meaning factory improvements are possible if retailers simply adjust their profit margins slightly.
Last Week Tonight airs every Sunday on HBO at 11 PM.