Ontario says no more sweatshops: report [Canada]

Author: CityNews.ca & 680News Staff (Canada), Published on: 2 December 2013

Queen’s Park wants to ensure that clothing and other items worn by civil servants is not made in sweatshops…[T]he Ontario government will be introducing an ethical sourcing policy for companies that bid on those contracts…[A] similar bill was passed in Maine [USA]…[A Statistics Canada] study showed [that] 27 per cent of Canadian consumers surveyed are steering clear of some products and gravitating to others based on ethical concerns…Canadian companies are also following suit after tragedies in Bangladesh raised concerns about garment-worker’s safety in third-world countries. Joe Fresh, under Loblaw, has signed onto…[the] Accord on Fire and Building Safety[,] a five-year…contract…aimed at improving worker safety in the Bangladesh garment industry. Benetton, trendy Swedish fashion chain H&M, C&A of the Netherlands, British retailers Tesco and Primark [part of Associated British Foods], and Spain’s Inditex, owner of Zara, have also signed.

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Related companies: Associated British Foods H&M Inditex Joe Fresh (part of Loblaw Companies) Loblaw Companies Primark (part of Associated British Foods) Tesco Zara (part of Inditex)