Oxfam Australia has urged Australian brands to review their manufacturing processes following the death of at least 330 workers at a garment factory in Bangladesh last week.
Bangladesh is the world’s second largest garment supplier behind China and clothes manufactured in the country are supplied to a variety of western brands, including outlets based in and operating out of Australia.
So far a number of low-cost European brands have been linked to last week's factory disaster, and while no Australian brands were involved Oxfam said it was only a matter of time before Australian labels were linked to a workplace disaster in the country.
“They are seeking the absolute lowest price from supplier factories and they'll find that in Bangladesh,” Oxfam's labour rights advocacy co-ordinator Daisy Gardener told Fairfax Media.
Woolworths manufactures clothing in Bangladesh for its Big W stores, and the conglomerate said it was satisfied with its links with Asian factories.
The company said it only worked with trusted suppliers which abide by ethical standards.
Oxfam said Australian companies did not release crucial information about their suppliers to the public, and local standards were falling behind disclosures from other major brands such as Nike, Addidas, and Levi.