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Institute for Global Labour & Human Rights report re alleged abuses at supplier factories in Bangladesh

On 8 March 2012, the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights published a report…calling on major fashion brands to move immediately to stop beatings, imprisonment and firing of hundreds of workers at their supplier plants, Rosita Knitwears and Megha Textile (Megatex), in Bangladesh. In its report the Institute singled out Peek & Cloppenburg/Van Graaf, British Home Stores (part of Arcadia Group), Coles (part of Wesfarmers), Dressmann (part of Varner Group), Celio, de Bijenkorf (part of Selfridges), Fynch-Hatton and Smart Set (part of Reitmans) as the brands sourcing from the factories in Bangladesh. On 14 March 2012, the Institute published…responses to the allegations by British Home Stores, Dressman and de Bijenkorf. [Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Reitmans to respond but it declined to do so. Includes responses from all other companies] On 20 July 2012, the Institute issued a follow-up statement…which stated, “significant improvements have been made in regard to respect for labor rights and working conditions at the Rosita and Megatex factories. However, ongoing serious problems still need to be addressed.” This article also responded to previous statements by South Ocean and Verité, and urged Business and Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI), which was involved in auditing Rosita and Megatex, to undergo a serious evaluation and remediation plan to restore its credibility. [Business & Human Rights Resource Centre obtained responses from BSCI, South Ocean and Verité]

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