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More Brands, Retailers Commit to Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety

by , 05/15/13   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Worker Rights

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Holy domino effect! Following examples set by H&M, Inditex, Primark, and C&A on Monday, a number of North American and European clothing brands have agreed to sign a legally enforceable, first-of-its-kind contract that holds them accountable for safety and labor conditions in the factories they employ in Bangladesh. Below, a list of companies that have committed to the Accord on Fire and Building Safety, according to the Clean Clothes Campaign. Among the more conspicuous absentees? Gap and Walmart, both major producers in Bangladesh.

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BRANDS FOR BANGLADESH

More than 1,000 factories will be covered by the accord, which trade unions and labor-rights groups have dubbed “groundbreaking” in terms of addressing worker safety. “The fact that so many brands have signed the legally enforceable safety accord that has unions and workers at the center will bring historic change in the Bangladeshi industry,” says Ineke Zeldenrust from the Clean Clothes Campaign.

More than 1,000 factories will be covered by the accord, which trade unions and labor-rights groups have dubbed “groundbreaking.”

Zeldenrust considers it a shame, however, that Gap and Walmart are missing from the co-signatories. “We strongly encourage them to reconsider their position, as the evidence shows that the programmes they are looking to adopt will completely fail to address the root causes of poor safety in the industry and will marginalize workers,” she says. “It is not too late for brands to sign the accord which will mean workers no longer have to fear for their lives each time they enter their factory.”

  • Abercrombie & Fitch
  • Adidas
  • Aldi Nord
  • Aldi South
  • Auchan
  • Bay City Textilhandles
  • Benetton
  • Bonmarche
  • C&A
  • Camaieu
  • Carrefour
  • Charles Vögele
  • Comtex
  • Daytex
  • Debenham
  • El Corte Inglés
  • Ernsting’s Family
  • Esprit
  • Fast Retailing (Uniqlo)
  • Fat Face
  • G-Star Raw
  • H&M
  • Helly Hansen
  • Hema
  • Hessnatur
  • Inditex (Zara)
  • JBC
  • John Lewis
  • Juritex
  • KiK
  • Kmart (Australia)
  • LC Waikiki
  • Lidl
  • Loblaw (Joe Fresh)
  • Mango
  • Marks & Spencer
  • Matalan
  • Mothercare
  • N. Brown Group (SimplyBe, High&Mighty)
  • New Look
  • Next
  • Otto Group
  • Primark
  • Puma
  • PvH Corp. (Calvin Klein, Tommy Hillfiger)
  • Rewe
  • River Island
  • S. Olivier
  • Sainsbury’s
  • Sean John
  • Stockmann
  • Switcher
  • Target (Australia)
  • Tchibo
  • Tesco
  • Topshop
  • V&D
  • We Europe
  • Zeeman

+ Clean Clothes Campaign

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2 Responses to “More Brands, Retailers Commit to Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety”

  1. Hanna Claeson says:

    It’s our job as consumers to ensure that more brands sign on!

    Consumers can help drive Gap, Walmart and other companies to adopt meaningful factory safety. Learn more and sign International Labor Rights Forum’s petition: http://laborrights.org/safety

  2. julieschrag says:

    Unfortuneately they own factories in Cambodia too so doesn’t say much….no deals here for workers

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