Scott Nova, executive director of the Workers Rights Consortium, told Steven Greenhouse that "It stretches credulity to think that Walmart, famous for its tight control over its global supply chain, didn’t know about this." It does indeed, but that's Walmart's M.O. Whether it's a factory in Bangladesh making clothes for five different Walmart suppliers or a warehouse in California moving goods exclusively for Walmart, the retail giant exerts tight control while blaming abuses on a maze of subcontractors, as if those subcontractors weren't entirely beholden to Walmart.
Predictably, a spokesman continues to insist that the company had terminated its relationship with the Tazreen factory and that its goods shouldn't have been being manufactured there. Of course, the same spokesman also insists that Walmart is "advocating for improved fire safety" in Bangladesh, despite the fact that the company said no to paying suppliers enough to make safety improvements possible.