Clare Lissaman, director at Ethical Fashion Forum, told ITV News that the fatal factory fire in Bangladesh was "completely preventable".
She said: "It wouldn't cost that much more to have buildings that were safe, workers that were paid properly, estimates are about 5p more per garment. I think we can have affordable garments that don't mean that people have to die."
As British companies reluctantly admitted they were linked to the latest factory fire in Bangladesh yesterday, a wider problem was revealed.
ITV News has revealed how six British brands were indirectly linked to a factory in Bangladesh that burned down, killing nine people.
The deputy manager of the factory where nine garment workers were killed said six British high street brands used Aswad Composite Mills.