By  on May 15, 2018

Just days before their fifth — and final — anniversary on Tuesday in Bangladesh, the European brands and retailers working toward improving factory safety in the country's apparel manufacturing sector have received their anniversary present: A six-month extension.

Although the European companies had been pushing since last year for a three-year extension of the Bangladesh Accord for Fire and Building Safety, until 2021, there had been vociferous protests against any extension by government ministers and manufacturers.

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