Asda's Bangladesh webcams show the clothes being made and no one being beaten
It might well be Good Friday and there might well be nobody reading any of this, but we’re giving it to you anyway. It being a story showing how a retailer is deploying video cameras for the greater good, and maybe finding the next King Of Pop.
We’re off to Bangladesh, home of child labour, where Asda have their George range of clothing manufactured (not by children though, but by grown ups). As a way of reassuring customers that the garments are made in an ethical manner, they’ll be installing a couple of cameras, allowing customers to keep an online eye on the goings-on in the factory.
The Guardian reports that: “One camera will show workers checking the quality of jackets, trousers and shorts. The second will be placed in the finishing section of a factory making jeans, casual trousers and shorts, and shows the final stages of pressing and quality inspections before the garments are shipped to the UK.”
Perhaps you’ll be a regular watcher and adopt your own worker, worrying when they’re not there and applauding wildly when they do a really good bit of sewing. Who knows – maybe it’ll bring out the performers among the staff and some new movie and music stars will emerge. Stand down Cowell, your work is surely done.