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Retailers Sign Bangladesh Garment Factory Safety Deal


The official Rana Plaza death toll stood at 1,127 on Monday as rescue efforts were finally brought to a close. At the same time, thousands of miles away, international retailers embraced a labor-backed factory safety proposal for Bangladesh’s garment factories, raising hopes that similar tragedies might be avoided in the future. Zara’s parent company Inditex, Dutch retailer C&A, H&M, and British high street giants Primark and Tesco all signed the building and fire safety agreement backed by a coalition of labor groups known as IndustriALL.

Bangladesh is the world’s second largest producer of ‘fast’ fashion for export yet workers receive paltry wages and are forced to toil for long hours in sweatshop conditions. “Fire and building safety are extremely important issues for us and we put a lot of effort and resources within this area,” Helena Helmersson, head of sustainability at  H&M, said in a statement. “With this commitment we can now influence…

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This entry was posted on May 14, 2013 by in Volunteer Related.
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