US high street retailer Gap have expressed their sorrow at the news of another deadly factory fire in Bangladesh, in a statement confirming that some of their products have been made with the fabric produced inside the building. In a statement, the company said:
We are deeply saddened by the tragic fire and loss of life at Aswad Composite Mills in Bangladesh, and our thoughts are with the affected workers and families.
At this time, we can confirm that Gap Inc. works with the parent company, Palmal Group, and while Gap Inc. produces no garments at this facility, on rare occasion in the past small quantities of Gap Inc. product have been made with fabric from the mill where the fire occurred.
Gap Inc. continues to make significant long-term investments to improve fire and building safety in Bangladesh with our own safety program and as a member of the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety.