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28 Apr 2023

Jasmin Malik Chua, Sourcing Journal

Pakistan: Hugo Boss signs Pakistan Accord on health & safety in garment factories

"‘Hugo Boss Signs Pakistan Accord", 27 April 2023

Hugo Boss has signed the Pakistan Accord.

The German luxury brand is also a signatory of the larger International Accord for Health and Safety in the Textile and Garment Industry, which succeeded the Accord for Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh in 2021 with a more expansive mandate for worker well-being...

“At Hugo Boss, we are committed to respecting human rights and safe working standards along our entire value chain and apply this throughout our organization,” Yves Müller, its chief financial officer and chief operations officer, said on Thursday, just days after the 10th anniversary of the disaster...

Pakistan is the first extension of the International Accord outside Bangladesh. Collectively, the International Accord’s 187 brand signatories source more than $2.6 billion worth of garments and textiles from Pakistan.

Hugo Boss is the 36th company to back the spinoff...

Hugo Boss sources from one manufacturer in Pakistan: Interloop Limited, a prominent hosiery maker...The idea behind all iterations of the Accord is joint responsibility begetting joint action. Because brands don’t typically own their own factories but rather share production lines, the pact is able to apply collective leverage to accelerate change, its proponents say.

“We take the fair and ethical treatment of our employees, suppliers and partners worldwide very seriously and look forward to supporting the improvement of labor conditions in Pakistan through implementing the Pakistan Accord,” Müller said...