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H&M and Inditex Newest Signatories of Bangladeshi Safety Accord

Worker rampages ensued following the recent collapse of a garment factory in Bangladesh in April that killed over 1,100 people. In response to the tragic event, many large retailers, including H&M, Inditex (owner of Zara), and Primark, have chosen to sign the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, a document that extends retailers’ accountability for conditions at their garment supply factories. The decision for the retail giants to sign the accord arrives on the heels of other reforms by the Bangladeshi government following the disaster, which included opening discussion on raising the minimum wage and allowing workers to form unions independently from their employers. Some of the most notable retailers who have refused to sign the accord are Gap, Wal-Mart, and Sears.

Read the full BBC News article here.

Read the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh.