By and  on August 7, 2014

NEW YORK — Human rights took center stage at the Ralph Lauren Corp. annual meeting Thursday.

The focus was due to a shareholder’s proposal from the AFL-CIO seeking the company’s participation in the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh that 180 companies have signed regarding improving working conditions at the Asian country’s factories. That proposal was seconded by New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, who noted that the city’s public pension funds are shareholders. The discussion allowed the company, both chairman Ralph Lauren and general counsel Avery Fischer, to highlight to shareholders what it has done over the years to ensure humane working conditions.

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