Firms back Bangladesh safety plan

The owner of TopShop has joined other retailers including Primark and H&M in signing up to a deal on better safety checks in Bangladesh aimed at preventing any repeats of the building collapse that left more than 1,000 workers dead.

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Canadian retailers to address Bangladesh worker safety

The Retail Council of Canada, which represents operators of more than 43,000 stores in Canada, has said it will work towards a new set of safety guidelines for factory workers following the fatal collapse of a building in Dhaka.

The council said it would work with international organisations, the Bangladeshi government and others to find ways to address safety in the Bangladesh garment industry.

EU 'considering action' over Dhaka building collapse

The European Union is considering action to encourage better labour conditions in Bangladesh after the collapse of a building killed at least 390 people, many of them factory workers making clothes for Western retailers.

A statement issued by the EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton and trade commissioner Karel de Gucht said:

The EU is presently considering appropriate action, including through the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) - through which Bangladesh currently receives duty-free and quota-free access to the EU market under the 'Everything But Arms' scheme - in order to incentivise responsible management of supply chains involving developing countries.

– eu statement

Bonmarché considers Bangladesh assistance

UK clothing retailer Bonmarché has not yet decided whether to follow the lead of other firms in offering assistance to workers at their suppliers in Bangladesh following the tragic Dhaka factory collapse.

We are deeply concerned about the events which took place in Dhaka and at this time we are still gathering the necessary information from Bangladesh in order to make an informed decision on how we can best provide both practical and financial assistance to those affected.

– Bonmarché spokesperson


Bangladesh High Commissioner attacks 'haggling'

Mohamed Mijarul Quayes has urged companies to change their attitudes. Credit: ITV News

The Bangladesh High Commissioner has condemned international companies for “haggling over every cent” in the aftermath of the catastrophic factory collapse in Dhaka.

Mohamed Mijarul Quayes said the attitudes of firms trading with the country “has a negative impact on the terms of employment and on work conditions”.

He told ITV News: “We have seen the buyers when they travel to Bangladesh.

“They go round these manufacturers and they negotiate every cent of it and, at the end of the day, they place their order with those who give them the most economy in terms of cents.

“That’s a pity because if you are cutting a cent here, then you are cutting a cent across the entire production chain.”

MANGO 'no compensation plans' over Bangladesh

MANGO deeply regrets the tragedy that has occurred in Bangladesh and would like to offer its heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims. Furthermore, MANGO would like to clarify that the supplier Phantom was not a supplier of the company, although they were planning to produce some samples for various company lines, samples that still had not been started.

MANGO always conducts a social audit on all the suppliers it works with before establishing any commercial relationship with them, in order to verify the working conditions of its employees: the non-use of child labour, the safety of the workplace, remuneration and hours, as indicated in the company's Sustainability Report.


Matalan 'to provide financial support' to Dhaka victims

We offer our condolences to all those affected by this tragic event and our thoughts and prayers are with the whole community.

Whilst we were not using any suppliers based in the building, as soon as we heard the news, we started working with our key contacts in Bangladesh to explore how we could support those involved.

We can confirm that we are working closely with the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers & Export Association (BGMEA) and our local team in Bangladesh to provide financial and other support to help those affected.

– Matalan statement

Premier Clothing to provide assistance in Dhaka

The UK based company Premier Clothing, which specialises in selling uniforms for the workplace, said it would provide "practical and financial assistance" to one of it suppliers involved in the building collapse in Bangladesh.

We were shocked and deeply saddened to hear about the terribletragedy involving one of our suppliers, New Wave, which was a tenant in the collapsed building in Dhaka. Our thoughts are with the victims and theirfamilies.

We're in close contact with our agents in Dhaka who liaise with New Wave on ourbehalf and will look to provide both practical and financial assistance via this local team.

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