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1 Sep 2021

Sarah Butler, The Guardian

Bangladesh: UK brands yet to sign new garment workers’ safety pact

"UK brands yet to sign accord on Bangladesh garment workers’ safety", 1 September 2021

Brands including Primark, Next and JD Sports have yet to sign up to a new deal designed to protect garment workers in Bangladesh.

Almost 80 companies including Marks & Spencer, John Lewis, Asos, H&M, Zara’s owner Inditex and New Look have backed the legally binding deal, which replaces one signed by more than 200 international fashion companies after the Rana Plaza factory collapsed in 2013, killing more than 1,100 people.

Primark, which paid out millions of pounds in compensation to victims of Rana Plaza, where one of its suppliers was based, said it intended to sign and was reviewing the legal documents. “We’re pleased that the negotiations for the new accord have now concluded,” it added.


Next and JD Sports did not respond to a request for comment by the time of publication.