YANGON, Myanmar — The factories selected to produce clothing for Gap Inc., the first U.S. retailer to reenter Myanmar since sanctions were eased, experienced early problems, including age verification of young workers, health and safety issues and excessive working hours for employees.
Revealed in a report submitted by Gap to the U.S. State Department, many of these problems were addressed through U.S. audits before the company decided to source from two South Korea-owned factories in the Myanmar capital, Yangon. The Aug. 25 report, titled “Responsible Sourcing in Myanmar,” was released on Thursday by the U.S. Embassy here.
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