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As pressure from consumer and labor-rights groups over factory safety in Bangladesh intensifies, a number of leading U.S. brands and retailers are drafting a new plan to prevent future workplace disasters in the South Asian nation’s garment industry. Nearly three weeks after a deadly building collapse prompted more than 40 apparel businesses, most of them European, to enter into the legally binding Accord on Fire and Building and Safety in Bangladesh, a North American alliance that includes the National Retail Federation, the American Apparel and Footwear Association, Gap, JCPenney, Sears, Target, and Walmart seeks to “develop and implement a new program to improve fire and safety regulations in the garment factories of Bangladesh,” according to a statement from the Bipartisan Policy Center, a Washington think tank that’s facilitating the effort.

So tell us, is Gap and Walmart's competing Bangladesh safety plan haute or not?

  • 50 Votes HELL NO! They should just double down and sign the original Bangladesh safety accord.
  • 7 Votes HELL YES! The Safer Factories Initiative will create safety improvements in a more viable and sustainable manner.

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