Clean Clothes Campaign says companies sourcing from Bangladesh factory failed to detect serious problems before building collapsed (includes responses by Carrefour, Zara, KarstadtQuelle, Cotton Group, Neckermann, Scapino, Steillmann)

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Company response
11 May 2006

Response by Steilmann: Factory of supplier Spectrum Sweater in Dhaka, Bangladesh, collapses, killing 64 workers – Global textiles union (ITGLWF and Clean Clothes Campaign raise concerns about working conditions prior to collapse.

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Company response
9 May 2005

Carrefour statement in response to an article by Clean Clothes Campaign on involvement with Spectrum Sweater factory [Dhaka, Bangladesh

Author: Roland Vaxelaire, Director Quality & Sustainable Development for Carrefour

Carrefour since 2000, is committed to a process of continual improvement aiming to improve the respect for the fundamental worker’s rights and to make them apply via its supplier charter and its system of audits, by suppliers...following this tragic event [at Spectrum Sweater]...Carrefour intends to ask its suppliers in Bangladesh to provide it with documentary evidence of one construction permit for the buildings in which they operate.

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Company response
9 May 2005

Cotton Group statement in response to an article by Clean Clothes Campaign on involvement with Spectrum Sweater factory [Dhaka, Bangladesh

Author: David Sienaert, Supply Chain Manager for The Cotton Group

Although we have never ever been a customer of Spectrum, the awful tragedy that cost 61 lives touched us deeply and made us even more convinced to be extremely rigorous in the implementation of code of conducts...Through the BSCI [Business Social Compliance Initiative], we are taking part in a delegation that will visit Dacca in order to find out exactly what are the real causes of the collapse of the factory...

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Article
9 May 2005

Factory owner surrenders, sent to jail [Bangladesh]

Author: Daily Star [Bangladesh]

A Dhaka court yesterday sent the managing director of the collapsed sweater factory at Savar, Shahriar, alias Sayeed Hossain, and a director of the factory, Abul Hashem Fakir, to jail...the lawyers [for the accused] told the court that the building collapse was merely an accident and that the owner paid Tk 20 lakh to the victims' family members...The court said that nobody can construct a building without an approved plan from the authorities concerned. [refers to Spectrum Fashions, Shahriyar Fabrics]

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Company response
9 May 2005

KarstadtQuelle statement in response to an article by Clean Clothes Campaign on involvement with Spectrum Sweater factory [Dhaka, Bangladesh

Author: Jörg Howe, Head of corporate communications, KarstadtQuelle

This is indeed a very dreadful incident...In early 2004, KarstadtQuelle had placed a handful of trial orders in the Spectrum factory. However, we stopped business after these orders...We are planning to go down to Bangladesh with a delegation and meet the relevant stakeholders in June.

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Company response
9 May 2005

Scapino statement in response to an article by Clean Clothes Campaign on involvement with Spectrum Sweater factory [Dhaka, Bangladesh

Author: Frans Deumens, Buying Manager, Scapino

SCAPINO has placed some trial orders in 2004 with Spectrum Sweater, but the last delivery has been made August / September 2004. We have not continued business since.

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Author: David Sienaert, directeur de chaîne d'approvisionnement au Cotton Group

Bien que nous n'ayons jamais été client de l'entreprise Spectrum, l'effroyable tragédie qui à coûté la vie à 61 travailleurs nous a profondément touché et nous convaincu encore plus de la nécessité d'être extrêmement rigoureux dans l'implémentation des codes de conduite et dans les projets d'amélioration des conditions de travail en vigueur chez nos fournisseurs...participons donc, par le biais du BSCI, à une délégation qui doit se rendre à Dacca afin de comprendre les causes réelles de l'effondrement...

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Article
4 May 2005

Tragedy Strikes Bangladesh's Garment Workers Again - Greed Kills, and Greed Pays

Author: Robert Senser, Human Rights for Workers

...nobody knew for sure how many garment workers -- women, men, and children -- died when the whole structure [Spectrum Sweater factory] suddenly collapsed...Demands grew for the arrest of the building and factory owners. Angry garment worker activists confronted the head of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA)...Neil Kearney, who leads the global union of garment workers, says that "the real villains are the European retailers who have sourced from that factory for years." [refers to Carrefour, Cotton Group, KarstadtQuelle, Zara (part of Inditex)]...Kearney was describing more than the bad practices of the garment industry...He was describing the free competition that afflicts today's global economy -- that is, competition freed of normal human values.

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Company response
2 May 2005

Inditex response: Letter sent by Deputy Chairman & CEO of Inditex to Secretary General of ITGLWF- adressing his questions regarding Spectrum Sweaters [Bangladesh

Author: José María Castellano Rios, Deputy Chairman & CEO, Inditex

[Letter responds to ITGLWF calls for a social audit and transparency with regard to Inditex's list of suppliers. It provides]...a summary of the commitments and action lines presently implemented by INDITEX together with the BSCI platform and with other social agents involved.

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Author: Responsables.biz

...hasta la fábrica siniestrada [en Bangladesh] había llegado un pequeño pedido de Zara, por el que los responsables del Grupo Inditex se pusieron en contacto con la Cruz Roja Internacional y con la Media Luna Roja para colaborar solidariamente en la ayuda a los afectados y sus familiares...Inditex ha impulsado la puesta en marcha de una comisión de la BSCI que...facilite una evaluación independiente de los daños por expertos y estudie la eventual creación de un fondo de solidaridad.

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