In the wake of the fire last month at a Bangladeshi clothingfactory, a Wal-Mart executive acknowledged to Reuters that thecompany needs to do more to control its supply chain.

Tazreen Fashions, where a fire killed more than 100 workers, wasmaking clothing for Wal-Mart. The company says the factory was notcleared to be doing Wal-Mart manufacturing.

Rajan Kamalanathan, Wal-Mart's vice president of ethicalsourcing, notes that under its current system of controls, theretailer can't do much if its suppliers subcontract Wal-Mart workwithout notifying the company. Kamalanathan says Wal-Mart isthinking about better ways to work with suppliers that work withagents that place production. The story also notes that retailersare discussing stipulating fire safety codes in their contractswith suppliers.

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