Despite Bangladesh horror, US retailers won’t sign safety accord

The death toll from the worst disaster in the history of the garment industry–the collapse last month of the factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh–is over 1,100. The horror intensified pressure on garment retailers to take responsibility for their workplaces overseas. In response, more than a dozen European retailers and brands, including H&M and Benetton, have signed on to a groundbreaking agreement that requires them to pay for rigorous independent inspections of their factories and for safety upgrades–including basics such as fire escapes, which many currently lack….more

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