U.S. Retailers Balking at Signing Bangladesh Factory Safety Plan

USA Today’s Jayne O’Donnell and Ben Mitchell report that most U.S.-based retailers are not ready to sign a Bangladesh factory safety plan drafted by labor groups. The plan is in response to the garment factory collapse April 24. The death doll is now 1,127. The major concern for U.S.-based companies are liability issues that are in the plan. Retailers who have signed on are Europe-based H&M, Benetton and Inditex (Zara). U.S. companies holding out at this point are Gap, Wal-Mart, Sears, J.C. Penny, and Target. “British retail chain Marks & Spencer, trendy Spanish retailer Mango and Europe’s largest grocer, El Corte Ingles agreed to the plan Tuesday… Dutch retailer C&A and British retailers Tesco and Primark also signed on this week.”

Here is a previous post about the factory collapse –Human Rights and Sustainable Supply Chains: How Do Companies Rate?

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