By  on October 2, 2012

WASHINGTON — Gap Inc. Tuesday unveiled a comprehensive initiative aimed at improving building and fire safety standards in apparel factories in Bangladesh.

Gap said it will implement a four-part comprehensive plan that includes the launch of a worker support program that provides up to $2 million to apparel employees who work at some of Gap’s long-standing, high-volume third-party apparel contractors but may be displaced from work because of fire safety remediation, and coordination with a “chief fire safety inspector” to conduct inspections, develop formal remediation plans and create accountability. It also provides vendors “accelerated access” to up to $20 million in capital for safety improvements and calls for ongoing engagement with the governments of Bangladesh and the U.S. and the International Labor Organization.

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