WASHINGTON — The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety said in a six-month progress report made public on Monday that 31 percent, or 222, of the 700 garment factories its members use in Bangladesh have been inspected, putting it on track to hit the goal of inspections in 100 percent of the facilities by July.
The alliance — which includes Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Gap Inc., Target Corp. and VF Corp. among other North American retailers and brands — said it has reached several goals since it launched its five-year fire and building safety initiative last July in the wake of two factory tragedies that claimed the lives of more than 1,240 workers.
The Alliance’s Committee of Experts is conducting a review of member company inspections to evaluate their compliance with the alliance’s fire, building and electrical standards. Factories not meeting the standard will be reinspected by qualified inspectors and the alliance will release a list this month of the factories that were reinspected and the names of factories that have not been inspected by its member companies.
The group also plans to implement help lines in 50 factories by March and roll help lines out to 100 factories by March 2015 with the goal of becoming fully functional in all of its factories by 2017, the report said. Its member companies have provided fire safety training at 218, or 31 percent, of the factories and plans to finish the training at all factories by July.
The Worker Safety Fund is up to $50 million, which is being used to provide training and worker empowerment tools, and there is $100 million in low-cost capital available to factories for loans to make safety improvements. The alliance also conducted a worker baseline survey and off-site interviews with more than 3,200 workers in 28 factories. The 700 factories under the alliance employ 1.28 million workers. Among the positive results, 87 percent of workers said they have participated in fire evacuation drills in the last three months and 73 percent said that health and safety was part of their orientation training.
Sixty-five percent of workers in focus groups indicated they preferred to work on a low floor for safety reasons, while 64 percent said they had witnessed fire incidents. The survey also found that 47 percent of respondents “feel they cannot leave the building quickly in case of emergency and 30 percent think there is a high risk of fire in their building.”
EXCLUSIVE: Two and half months after John Targon, cofounder and codesigner of Baja East, was hired as creative director of the contemporary division at Marc Jacobs, he has left the company, WWD has learned. Marc Jacobs International, which is owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, confirmed Targon’s departure in a statement: “John Targon is a talented designer and we appreciate the work he has done here. Ultimately working together did not make sense for the brand and we wish him the best.” Read the story by @jessiredale, link in bio. #wwdnews
@theluxurycollection is officially launching a collection, tapping Sofia Sanchez de Betak for the capsule. Over 30 styles will be featured in the Chufy x The Luxury Collection, debuting next month at Bergdorf Goodman, The Webster, FiveStory and more. De Betak, known as “@chufy,” drew inspiration for the collection from her trips to Japan in the past year #wwdfashion
@lhd, founder and CEO of @thewebster, has teamed up with @lebonmarcherivegauche for the European launch of her ready-to-wear line, LHD. The launch will come with an exclusive pop-up opening today that’s set to run through May 20. Located on the second floor, it carries her debut Miami-themed resort collection, launched in November as see-now-buy-now. #wwdfashion
@longchamp, which marks its 70th anniversary this year, just opened its biggest U.S. store on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue. On the lower level there’s a floor-to-ceiling display of the brand’s iconic Le Pliage bag – in all of its different colors, shapes and sizes. Customers can also have their product personalized in-store by imprinting names, initials or emblems. #wwdfashion (📷: @ericmtownsend)
“Whenever I’m in that place of sound and music, I don’t have fear or nervousness…This album has a lot of themes of courage and boldness and I want to be the soundtrack for people’s lives. I’ll be so happy if [my songs] evoke strength in people, which I know music has done for me,” says @kimbramusic of her newest album “Primal Heart.” The New Zealand-born singer sat down with WWD to talk about her music, newest tour and connecting with hear fans — read more on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
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With her costume pearl necklace and what-you-see-is-what-you-get style, Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at age 92, was a straight-shooter from start to finish.
Born Barbara Pierce in New York City, Bush served as the 37th first lady, as well as the country’s second lady from 1981 to 1989. In addition to being part of the longest presidential marriage — 73 years — Bush also had the unlikely distinction of having one son, George W., become the 43rd president and another son, Jeb, run unsuccessfully in 2016. Having served as second lady during the Reagan administration’s two terms and lived all over the world during her own husband’s ascending political career, Barbara Bush made it clear that literacy — not fashion — was her priority. Read more from Rosemary Feitelberg’s obituary on the late First Lady in WWD.com, link in bio. #barbarabush #wwdnews
Western and ’90s trends have influenced denim for fall 2018. Think raw, dark and coated jeans mixed with bold prints and tough leather. #trendtuesdays #wwdfashion (Styled by @thealexbadia;📷: @ryanplett)