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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.