Fashion Retailers Don't Sign Bangladesh Safety Accord

In April of 2013, 1,200 factory workers in Bangladesh died when a clothing factory caught fire. It seems that the building hadn't passed safety exams, but remained open to meet work flow needs. This disaster has once again brought up the unhealthy and potentially harmful conditions that workers in countries like India, China and Turkey work in. Their work is ordered by American, European and UK businesses, who don't insist on the safety of the workers, but rather on their bottom line.
After this incident a legally binding initiative was passed in the UK where top leading fashion retailers had the opportunity to offer financial support for fire safety and other building improvements. Those who didn't meet the deadline to sign the document are: Topshop, Bhs, Dororthy Perkins, Asda, Next, Matalan, River Island, Sports Direct and Peacock. So far it has been signed by H&M, C&A, Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, Zara and Tesco. The goal is to motivate retailers to finance tough, independent public inspections and then refuse to work with any factories that don't comply.

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