U.S. Retailers Announce New Factory Safety Plan [Bangladesh]

Author: Steven Greenhouse, New York Times, Published on: 30 June 2013

Feeling pressure from consumer and labor groups for not doing more to ensure factory safety in Bangladesh, Wal-Mart, Gap and numerous other retailers along with the nation’s main retail federations are seeking to forge a new plan to promote safety in that country’s apparel industry…After a factory building collapsed in Bangladesh on April 24, killing at least 1,127 workers…H&M, Carrefour, Marks & Spencer and more than two dozen other European companies backed a binding plan in which they agreed to rigorous independent inspections of the factories they use in Bangladesh and to help finance improvements for fire and building safety…Only a few American retailers signed on.

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Related companies: Abercrombie & Fitch Carrefour Children's Place Gap H&M J.C. Penney Joe Fresh (part of Loblaw Companies) Loblaw Companies Marks & Spencer PVH (Phillips-Van Heusen) Sears Target Walmart