“The True Cost” director Andrew Morgan and Eco-Age’s Livia Firth reflect on latest “Fashionscapes” short film, Rana Plaza and living wages.
Bangladesh workers are returning to factories despite confusion over safety protocols and as the industry loses billions of dollars worth of orders due to the pandemic.
In Bangladesh, is one garment factory worker death too many? The country saw $34 billion in exports and is readying for renewed industry interest.
Voluntary codes of conduct have not been enough, so now Germany is following France and the U.K. in trying to legislate businesses into doing good. By 2020, bad behavior could be punishable by multi-million-dollar fines and jail time for executives.
Abercrombie & Fitch claims that the fire, electrical and structural audits of its vendors’ facilities in Bangladesh have achieved a progress rate of 95 percent but activists still want the company to sign the renewal accord.
Attendees emphasized the need for companies to support the renewal of The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh.
The case stems from a charge of illegal wealth rather than the collapse of the apparel manufacturing building in 2013.
The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh’s objective is to develop a program to make Ready Made Garment factories in the country more secure.
Companies that have not signed on include Wal-Mart and The Children’s Place — two brands linked to the Bangladesh tragedy.
The German retailer has agreed to provide more funding to victims and families of garment workers who died in Ali Enterprises factory fire four years ago.
About 800 delegates are expected to attend the three-day Apparel and Safety Exposition.