Abercrombie & Fitch is so far the only major U.S. retailer that has publicly agreed to a legally binding safety accord that aims to improve factory conditions for garment workers in Bangladesh.
The retailer's sustainability director, Kim Harr, told MarketWatch that agreeing to the safety accord "i s the right thing to do to bring about sustainable, effective change.”
Companies that sell merchandise produced in Bangladesh have been under pressure in recent weeks to agree to a legally binding commitment to factory safety. The issue has received global attention after a building collapse in Dhaka last month killed about 1,200 people, many of whom were garment workers.
European-based retailers H&M and Inditex, which owns fast-fashion giant Zara, joined the safety accord earlier this week. The deadline for companies to sign on is midnight.
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