No, not the fruit (I'm actually currently eating one and I would like to extend my full endorsement to their edible consumption) but the Spanish-based clothing company that has gotten themselves a comfortable spot on JooJoo Azad's official Boycott List~

Mango was actually added to the boycott list via the suggestion of the manager of an online Spanish fashion community (who requested to remain anonymous), after seeing the boycott list on the site. She wrote to me in Spanish (a language that I am struggling to retain since studying it in high school) and said that she personally had met the purchasing manager of Mango who had visited the Rana Plaza Factory days before its collapse and said nothing of the factory's clear lack of safety.
(Related: Remembering the 1 Year Anniversary of the Bangladesh Factory Collapse)

We (the blog & I) of course immediately began the research, and this is what we found.

She's absolutely right. 
My Spanish is a lot better than I thought. 

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In fact, not only was Mango having clothing made at the Rana Plaza factory collapse, but they actually continue to refute any blame for the tragedy and refuse to pay compensation to the victims' families. So that's, like, pretty not cool.

Mango claims that they had not official began a contract with the Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh but interviews conducted by the New York Times  with some of the workers at the factory seem to prove otherwise. 28 year old Mohammed Hossain notes:
"There was an urgency among the bosses...the managers told us to finish the Mango products urgently." 

Why the urgency? We can thank the demands of fast-fashion for that: Mango clothing that used to be sent to stores every 4-6 weeks is now arriving every 15 days, and this requires pressure on clothing factories to cut corners (say, for example, in safety) in order to meet the increasingly difficult deadlines set by Mango. 

Zara had actually pulled orders at the Rana Factory due to a failed safety inspection--the same safety inspection that Mango's purchasing manager ignored a few days prior to the factory collapse.

The fact that Mango management was aware that the Rana Plaza factory failed various regulations but continued to order clothing to be sewn under such conditions (not to mention their controversy with plus sizes that have upset many women) has therefore earned them their spot on the Boycott List--a spot that they will shamefully own until they raise their standards of ethics, take responsibility of the factory collapse, and rightfully compensate the victims of their negligence.

Update (2016): Mango gets another poor mark on its ethical report card: Mango is trying to make an already incredibly destructive industry more desctructive. According to Agency UK, Mango will be producing and releasing campaigna and editorial marketing material more often in order to make "fast fashion faster" as part of a new digital strategy campaign, with "speed and immediacy" being the fuel to the new campaign.

P.S. Have a brand you'd like me to research/you would like to add to our Boycott List? Shoot me an email or leave a comment! The Boycott List is a collaborative effort!

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Original image via Agency UK