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Bangladesh Safety Accord will continue safety work after 2018; Brands sourcing from Bangladesh should sign on
by Christie Miedema published 16-11-2017 last modified 22-11-2017 14:05 — filed under: , ,
The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh will continue its coordination of brands’ due diligence obligations after 2018. This was reconfirmed unequivocally over the last few weeks by the Accord’s signatories, secretariat and witness signatories, after earlier ambiguous statements in the press about an early retreat from Bangladesh. Clean Clothes Campaign, as one of the four witness signatories, whole-heartedly continues to support the Accord’s work to manage brand due diligence in the field of safety. CCC urges all brands that have not signed onto the new Accord yet to commit themselves as soon as possible to this follow-up agreement as part and parcel of their international human rights obligations within their supply chain.
Located in News / / 11 / 16
Four years since Aswad fire compensation by brands can no longer wait
by Christie Miedema published 08-10-2017 last modified 07-10-2017 10:34 — filed under: , , , ,
Today four years ago, a fire broke out in the Aswad Composite Mills textile mill in Bangladesh, killing at least seven workers and injuring over fifty. Happening six months after the deadly Rana Plaza collapse, this tragedy never received much attention, and four years on, the families and survivors still remain without full and fair compensation. On this day, our thoughts are with the families that suffered losses. Clean Clothes Campaign urges the brands that were sourcing from the factory, including H&M, C&A and Primark, to ensure that these families finally receive the compensation that they should have been provided with so many years ago.
Located in News / / 10 / 07
Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety overstates progress while workers' lives remain at risk
by Christie Miedema published 21-11-2016 last modified 21-11-2016 09:19 — filed under: , , , ,
An analysis published by labour rights organizations today reveals considerable delays in repairing safety defects in factories supplying member companies of the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety. Even more concerning is the fact that the Alliance overstates progress: many of the factories listed as "on track" on the Alliance website still face major safety hazards. This means that hundred thousands of workers stitching clothes for Walmart, Gap, VF Corporation, Target and Hudson's Bay Company, and their European subsidiaries Asda (Walmart), Galeria Kaufhof and Galeria Inno (both HBC), continue to work in hazardous conditions. These brands, despite knowing about these risks for a considerable time, have failed to make sure these factories are safe.
Located in News / / 11 / 21
Three years after signing Bangladesh Accord, H&M factories still not safe
by Christie Miedema published 02-05-2016 last modified 02-05-2016 08:06 — filed under: , , ,
As H&M shareholders prepare to meet in Sweden tomorrow, the Clean Clothes Campaign, International Labor Rights Forum, Maquila Solidarity Network, and Worker Rights Consortium have released a report showing that the majority of H&M’s Bangladeshi supplier factories are still not safe. Three years after H&M became the first signatory to the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, almost all of its factories remain behind schedule in carrying out the mandated renovations, with 70% of its strategic suppliers still lacking such a vital, life-saving feature as adequate fire exits. On the day of H&M’s Annual General Meeting, activists around the world will make their concerns known at their local H&M store.
Located in News / / 05 / 02
10 ways H&M is spinning the facts on worker safety
by Mirjam van Heugten published 19-10-2015 — filed under: , , , ,
H&M's response to CCC's recent report 'Evaluation of H&M Compliance with Safety Action Plans for Strategic Suppliers in Bangladesh 2015', focusing on H&M's worker safety failures in Bangladesh is replete with false and misleading statements, demonstrating that the company remains unwilling to address the issue in a serious and forthright manner. In this news update, we explore various claims made by H&M, concerning our report and concerning the delays in safety renovations at its supplier factories in Bangladesh, relative to the deadlines imposed by the Accord on Fire and Building Safety.
Located in News / / 10 / 19
Call for action after Chinese factory collapse
by Mirjam van Heugten published 13-07-2015 — filed under: , , ,
The Clean Clothes Campaign expresses sadness and anger at the news of a tragic loss of life at a shoe factory that collapsed in east China last Saturday, and sends its heartfelt condolences to all the families affected.
Located in News / / 07 / 13
Global actions targeting Benetton and Mango in Rana Plaza aftermath
by Mirjam van Heugten published 17-04-2015 last modified 17-04-2015 08:20 — filed under: , , , ,
Today marks one week until the two-year anniversary of the worst industrial accident to ever hit the garment industry, when the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh came crashing down. Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) and its trade union allies and partners mark the second anniversary of disaster with a global call to action, demanding brands such as Benetton and Mango to pay up to the Rana Plaza Donors Trust Fund.
Located in News / / 04 / 17
Survivors Rana Plaza collapse start claiming compensation
by Mirjam van Heugten published 24-03-2014 — filed under: , , , ,
From today, one month before the first anniversary of the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh, the families of the 1138 workers killed in the disaster and over a thousand workers left with life changing injuries can start registering claims for compensation to cover the financial losses and medical costs they suffered as a result.
Located in News / / 03 / 24
Public Eye Awards 2014: Gap receives 'award of shame'
by Mirjam van Heugten published 23-01-2014 last modified 23-01-2014 09:22 — filed under: , , , , , , ,
Today, the Berne Declaration (EvB) and Greenpeace Switzerland award American textile giant Gap the Public Eye Jury Award for their continuous refusal to contribute to effective reforms in the textile industry. The Public Eye Awards shine a light on the current and most serious cases of human rights violations and disregard for environmental protection and sustainability by corporations.
Located in News / / 01 / 23