By  on November 20, 2013

WASHINGTON — Two rival initiatives to improve fire and building safety standards in Bangladesh’s apparel industry have found some common ground at last, agreeing in principle to a set of minimum standards.

The agreement is a major step toward easing what could have been conflicting — and confusing — rules to raise the standards in the South Asian nation’s apparel factories, which have seen a string of industrial accidents that have resulted in the deaths of more than 1,500 people. But even if consensus is reached, a large percentage of the country’s apparel factories won’t be covered by either initiative.

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