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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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Primark signs accord on building safety in Bangladesh

Retailer Primark has committed to signing the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, it said in a statement.

A garment factory building in Dhaka - where a Primark supplier was based - collapsed on 24 April, killing hundreds.

Primark has committed today to signing the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, initiated by the IndustriALL and UNI Global Unions.

Under the terms of this agreement, signatories commit to financing and implementing a joint fire and building safety programme.

This will include safety inspections, remediation and fire safety training at supplier factories.The programme will build on the National Action Plan on Fire Safety (NAP), which aims to improve fire safety in Bangladesh.

– Primark statement

Primark said the accord will "align its activities with the NAP, and ensure a close collaboration, including for example establishing common programmes, liaison and advisory structures".

The programme will "complement the work already being carried out by Primark’s Ethical Trade team in Bangladesh for a number of years," the retailer said in a statement.

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