Wal-Mart Stores announced Tuesday it will work with St. Louis-based startup Labor Voices in an effort to raise inspection standards and improve safety conditions at the retailer’s 279 factories in Bangladesh. The $600,000 project comes in response to the April collapse of a textile factory in Bangladesh that killed more than 1,100 workers.
Labor Voices makes a mobile-phone based portal for supply chain management. It’s designed to allow companies to monitor the working conditions in their global supply chain by sharing information directly with workers and recruiting them to report unfair treatment or unsafe working conditions. Labor Voices was one of 15 companies to receive $50,000 from Arch Grants last May.