Bangladesh: Killing of labour rights activist, Aminul Islam, still under investigation 5 months on

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Company non-response
3 October 2012

American Eagle Outfitters did not respond to: Killing of labour rights activist, Aminul Islam, still under investigation 5 months on.

Company non-response
3 October 2012

Nike did not respond to: Killing of labour rights activist, Aminul Islam, still under investigation 5 months on.

Company response
3 October 2012

Response by Tommy Hilfiger (part of Phillips-Van Heusen): Killing of labour rights activist, Aminul Islam, still under investigation 5 months on.

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Article
28 September 2012

[PDF] PVH Corp Announces Labor Union Agreement

Author: HL Group

PVH Corp…has entered into a Joint Memorandum of Understanding with a group of non-governmental organizations…The agreement recognizes the need for the Bangladeshi government, the Bangladeshi Ready-Made Garment (RMG) industry, brand owners and retailers, and labor to work together to create a safe and sustainable work environment within the Bangladeshi RMG industry. The agreement establishes a two-year program to be led by a multi-stakeholder task force for the purposes of establishing an in-factory training program; facilitating the creation of factory health and safety committees; reviewing existing building regulations and enforcement; developing a worker complaint process and mechanism for workers to report health and safety risks...PVH Corp., one of the world’s largest apparel companies, owns and markets the iconic Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger brands worldwide.

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Article
9 September 2012

Fighting for Bangladesh Labor, and Ending Up in Pauper’s Grave [Bangladesh]

Author: Jim Yardley, New York Times

…Mr. Islam, a labor organizer…disappeared April 4. Days later, his family discovered that he had been tortured and killed. His murder bore a grim familiarity in a country with a brutal legacy of politically motivated killings, and it raised a troubling question: Was he killed for trying to organize workers? Five months later…There have been no arrests in the case, and the police say they have made little progress…On the day he disappeared, Mr. Islam was trying to resolve a labor impasse at factories that stitch shirts for Tommy Hilfiger [part of Phillips-Van Heusen], American Eagle and other global brands. [Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Tommy Hilfiger, Nike & American Eagle to respond. Phillips-Van Heusen responded on behalf of Tommy Hilfiger, Nike declined to respond, American Eagle Outfitters did not respond]

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