The Walmart's decision of cutting ties with Bangladeshi garment supplier Tazreen Fashions is 'deceitful', said BGMEA President Shafiul Islam Mohiuddin yesterday.
Such a unilateral decision might push the garment maker to bankruptcy, he said.
The US retail giant terminated its relationship with Tazreen after at least 111 workers were killed in a deadly fire in the garment maker's factory in Ashulia on Saturday night, mainly due to lax safety measures.
â€œThe Walmart met neither the BGMEA leaders nor the government high-ups, and took the decision unilaterally. It is a deceitful one,â€ Mohiuddin told The Daily Star by phone.
â€œBut I hope the orders placed by Walmart with other factories in Bangladesh will not be affected for cutting the ties with the affected Tazreen Fashions,â€ he said.
Being one of the topmost buyers, Walmart purchases more than $1 billion worth of garment items from Bangladesh every year.
Mohiuddin said Walmart should have taken the decision after an in-depth analysis of the incident.
â€œWe will contact Walmart officials soon to discuss all the related issues,â€ said the chief of BGMEA (Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association).
â€œI heard a senior official of Walmart is in Dhaka now, but did not communicate with us until now,â€ he added.
When contacted, Delwar Hossain, managing director of Tuba Group, the owning company of Tazreen Fashions, said Walmart was yet to communicate with him.
â€œRecently Tazreen Fashions was in talks with Walmart to become a supplier, but there was not any final agreement yet,â€ Hossain added.
Walmart on Tuesday said Tazreen had been making clothes for the retailer without its knowledge.
In a statement released on Monday, the US retail giant said Tazreen was no longer authorised to produce merchandise for Walmart. â€œOur thoughts are with the families of the victims of this tragedy.â€
â€œA supplier subcontracted work to this factory without authorisation and in direct violation of our policies. Today, we have terminated the relationship with that supplier,â€ the retailer said.
â€œThe fact that this occurred,â€ Walmart said, â€œis extremely troubling to us, and we will continue to work across the apparel industry to improve fire safety education and training in Bangladesh.â€