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Author: Gap, Published on: 8 February 2017
The safety of garment workers is of highest concern to Gap Inc., and we are troubled by the events in Ashulia. As a result of the recent unrest, Gap Inc. sent a letter to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh outlining our concern, in addition to signing a joint brand letter that highlighted international buyers’ focus on ensuring all parties’ rights are fully protected and respected. We have also met with the BGMEA to discuss this issue, and to convey the points outlined in our letter. Gap Inc. does not interfere in the legal proceedings of vendors, however we are encouraging them to consider what is in the best long-term interest of Bangladesh’s garment sector. We feel that legal recourse is a last resort, and instead encourage vendors to resolve workplace-related issues through direct engagement and social dialogue. We are actively encouraging all parties to find a mutually acceptable solution to this issue through social dialogue, and will continue to monitor the ongoing situation until it is sustainably resolved.