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Bangladesh: Petition urges Abercrombie & Fitch, Mango & Topshop to sign on to 2018 Accord on Fire and Building Safety; incl. co responses

The Bangladesh Accord, created after the Rana Plaza disaster in April, 2013, is a legally binding agreement to improve workplace safety for garment workers in Bangladesh. Reports show that independent inspections, public disclosure, trade union agreements, worker empowerment, and democratically elected committees have made workplaces safer for two million garment workers in over 1,600 factories. 

The first Accord is set to expire in May 2018, with a second due to start immediately thereafter. Over 50 companies have already signed on to the new Accord, although several large brands such as Abercrombie & Fitch (A&F), Mango and Topshop have not yet. Green America therefore launched a petition to urge these three companies to renew their commitments to garment workers by signing on to the 2018 Transition Accord on Fire and Building Safety. The International Labor Rights Forum is also targeting A&F with a petition. Organizations such as the Clean Clothes Campaign and United Students Against Sweatshops are amplifying these advocacy efforts. 

The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre asked the three brands named to respond to the petition. Mango's response is included below. Abercrombie & Fitch and Topshop have not responded.

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Article
16 January 2018

Bangladeshi garment workers deserve safety

Author: Green America

[T]he Rana Plaza building collapse [...] left 1,134 garment workers dead, and over 2,000 workers injured.

In the aftermath of the tragedy, the Accord on Fire and Building Safety, a legally binding agreement to improve workplace safety for garment workers in Bangladesh, was created... [O]ver 200 brands and retailers signed onto the agreement. The Accord [...] has made workplaces safer for two million garment workers in over 1,600 factories.

The first Accord is set to expire in 2018, with a second, renewed Accord due to start in May 2018. The renewed Accord will continue to build on the progress made by the original Accord, while also placing greater emphasis on the role that workers themselves can play in ensuring their workplaces are safe... The 2018 Accord will also allow for the scope of inspections to be expanded to include suppliers producing textiles, yarn, cloth, and other related products...

Green America, International Labor Rights Forum, Clean Clothes Campaign, Maquila Solidarity Network and United Students Against Sweatshops [...] urg[e] Abercrombie & Fitch, Mango, and Topshop to renew and expand their commitments to garment workers who play an integral role in producing their clothing... and ensure that garment workers do not have to risk their lives simply by going to work.

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Company response
3 January 2018

Response by Mango

Author: Mango

As many other brands our signature is still pending until we know all details of the renewed Accord not confirmed yet.