Tesco confirmed it has signed an Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh.
In a statement, the supermarket chain noted the "scale and horror of the disaster" that "has drawn the world’s attention" and has "touched customers".
[Customers] have responded with empathy and deep concern, asking searching questions of their retailers. They want to know that this tragedy will change the industry in Bangladesh. Tesco did not use factories in the Rana Plaza building, but we are all responsible for ensuring we prevent another tragedy.
Today we are announcing that we will support the multi-stakeholder Accord on Fire and Building Safety, which aims to ensure good practice across the industry’s 5,000+ factories.
The supermarket chain said that multinational retailers like Tesco, which source from Bangladesh, "must help it to change in a positive way, a way which sustains and improves the livelihoods of all those who work in the industry".
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