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Bangladesh: Metro Group announces plan to resume orders with RL Denim following investigation

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Company response
19 June 2009

Response by Metro Group: National Labor Committee appeals to Metro Group not to "cut and run" from supplier RL Denim following allegations of labor abuses.

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19 June 2009

Unprecedented Victory for Workers across the Developing World

Author: National Labor Committee [USA]

Metro Group...has been forced to do the right thing. Metro Group: Will immediately return all of its orders to the R.L. Denim factory in Bangladesh; Admits to the miserable failure of its past efforts to monitor/protect even the most basic worker rights; Will institute significant changes throughout its worldwide supply chain...This is a huge victory for the mostly young women workers in Bangladesh, one that could also give hope to workers all across the developing world…

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19 June 2009

[PDF] Metro Group statement re: investigation of abuses at RL Denim factory in Bangladesh

Author: METRO Group

...METRO Group was and is very concerned about media reports published in mid-May regarding the death of an 18-year-old worker at a supplier company in Bangladesh...The results of this investigation are now available. A central finding is that the woman’s death was not related to the working conditions at the R.L. Denim factory…A fundamental precondition...for a renewed business relationship was that R.L. Denim significantly improves working conditions. This has been done…[W]e expect that we will soon resume our business relationship with R.L. Denim and thus secure the jobs at R.L. Denim…

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