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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27 April 2005

The Collapse of the Spectrum Sweater Ltd Factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Author: Steilmann [Germany]

Contrary to some reports in the press, the Klaus Steilmann GmbH & Co. KG had orders placed with neither Spectrum Sweater Ltd nor Sharier Fabrics Ltd at the time of the accident. We will of course, nonetheless be lending our utmost support to the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) in its mission to offer immediate relief to the victims and their families and to clarify the circumstances under which the accident occurred...

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26 April 2005

Irresponsible European Retailers Put Lives of Garment Workers at Risk [Bangladesh]

Author: International Textile Garment & Leather Workers' Federation

The negligence of retailers sourcing from Spectrum Fashions, a nine-storey factory in Bangladesh which collapsed ten days ago killing more than one hundred workers, calls into question the whole meaning of so-called codes of conduct and how they are implemented...[also refers to Carrefour, Zara (part of Inditex), KarstadtQuelle, Cotton Group, Shahriyar Fabrics]

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24 April 2005

Spectrum Update: New info & demands [Bangladesh]

Author: Clean Clothes Campaign

Spectrum Sweater was in violation of many labor laws and code of conduct provisions prior to the collapse...the companies sourcing at this factory – including Zara, KarstadtQuelle, Carrefour and Cotton Group, all of whom claim to have policies and procedures in place to monitor labor practices at their supply facilities – failed to detect and remediate serious problems at Spectrum...[refers to how the above companies and 3 other companies (Neckermann, Scapino & Steilmann) have responded to this incident]

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22 April 2005

[DOC] Statement by Business Social Compliance Initiative on Spectrum Sweater [Bangladesh]

Author: Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI)

BSCI member companies have learnt about the collapse of the Spectrum Factory in Savar and wish to express their concern and regret for the tragedy which has affected so many people...BSCI will help with any further measures in order to try to prevent the occurrence of such a catastrophe in the future.

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Author: Xinhuanet

[Encore 10 morts portent] à 72 le nombre officiel de morts à la date de dimanche soir, a fait savoir le journal "New Age" lundi. Le bâtiment de neuf étages de construction rudimentaire de l'usine de Spectrum Sweater et Knitwear, à 25 km au nord-ouest de Dacca, capitale bangladeshie, s'est effrondré le 11 avril avant l'aube après l'explosion d'une chaudière au rez-de-chausée, alors qu'une équipe de nuit de quelque 500 travailleurs se trouvait dans les locaux.

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12 April 2005

Accidents regular pattern in Bangladesh garment trade

Author: Reuters

...a nine-storey garment factory collapsed during a busy night shift, the latest tragedy in Bangladesh's accident-prone textile industry...Since 1990, nearly 300 garment workers have been killed and more than 2,500 injured in 22 fires at factories...

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