By  on May 13, 2013

WASHINGTON — H&M has agreed to sign a binding fire and building safety agreement covering garment workers in Bangladesh in the wake of the tragic collapse of the Rana Plaza building that has claimed the lives of 1,126 garment workers,  according to a labor rights watchdog group pressing retailers and brands to take collective action.The Worker Rights Consortium said Monday that H&M will sign the accord with labor unions, which requires that companies mandate and pay for renovation and repairs to ensure factories in Bangladesh are made safe, among other provisions.“H&M’s decision to sign the accord is crucial. They are the single largest producer of apparel in Bangladesh, ahead even of Wal-Mart. This accord now has tremendous momentum,” said Scott Nova, executive director of the WRC, the independent labor rights watchdog for over 175 U.S. colleges and universities.

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