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Major Fashion Labels Sign Bangladesh Safety Accord

The organization War on Want reported to its members that many global retailers have signed on to a "landmark agreement" which has brought together brands, suppliers, trade unions, and NGOs to end appalling and unsafe factory conditions in Bangladesh. The retailers that have signed are H&M, Zara, C&A, PVH (supplier of Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger and Izod labels), Tchibo, and many others. At its heart, the legally binding Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh asks companies to commit to pay up to $500,000 yearly over five years for renovations and repairs necessary to ensure the safety of the Bangladeshi workers in factories that supply cothes to these companies.

Mostly European retailers set Bangladesh inspection deadline, American Retailers' Safety Plan Expected Soon

On Monday, a group of mostly European retailers and clothing makers said that factory inspections will take place within nine months for the clothing manufacturers in Bangladesh that make garments for the companies.  The group has committed to renovating those that pose the biggest safety threat.

Rana Plaza Collapse and the Bangladeshi Garment Industry

Many nonprofits, both international and local, are seeking to improve the working conditions of Bangladeshi garment workers and change the policies of their clients – global fashion corporations. Much progress has been made of the last year, but the Wednesday tragedy shows that much remains to be done.