By  on August 20, 2013

WASHINGTON — The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety said Tuesday it has elected former California Rep. Ellen O’Kane Tauscher as its independent chair. It also signed three new members — Costco Wholesale Corp., Intradeco Apparel and Jordache Enterprises Inc. — making 20 North American apparel retailers and brands that have committed to the alliance’s own plan to improve fire and building safety in Bangladesh’s garment industry in the wake of two tragic factory disasters.

The alliance, which includes Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Gap Inc., Target Corp. and VF Corp., said the addition of the new members will bring the fund to improve factory safety conditions in Bangladesh and train workers and factory owners to $45 million.

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