WASHINGTON — Retailers and brands appear to be standing behind their commitment to stay in Bangladesh, as they move to improve fire and building safety standards in the wake of two apparel factory tragedies there.
Apparel imports to the U.S. from Bangladesh spiraled up 42.5 percent in October to 152 million square meter equivalents compared with a year earlier, according to U.S. data released Wednesday, an indication that companies are continuing to place apparel production in the country. It has been a year since the Tazreen Fashions fire claimed the lives of 112 workers last November and seven months since the Rana Plaza building collapse, which killed 1,132 people at the end of April. Since that time, the international fashion industry has launched two safety initiatives in Bangladesh to bring reform to fire and building safety standards in garment factories.
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