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Tesco stops sourcing at unsafe Bangladesh factory

Tesco stops sourcing at unsafe Bangladesh factory | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
UK retail giant Tesco has stopped taking clothing from one of its supplier factories in Bangladesh after a structural survey of the site revealed serious safety issues.
EcoVadis's insight:

An expected response from Tesco: withdrawal.  This is of course more cost effective than capacity building or supplier training , but what about the social consequences for already impoverished economies?

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Fashion brands sign up to Bangladesh safety act | Official CIPS Magazine – Supply Management

Fashion brands sign up to Bangladesh safety act | Official CIPS Magazine – Supply Management | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Retailers and clothing manufacturers have agreed to sign up to the Bangladesh Fire and Safety Act, which it is hoped will improve conditions for workers in the country's garment and textile factories.
EcoVadis's insight:

Will such public private collaborations such as the  Bangladesh Fire and Safety Act, a legally-binding agreement, eventually be a first step towards better and safer working conditions in global supply chains?

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EcoVadis's comment, May 31, 2013 12:27 AM
Too bad Walmart chose to act on its own on this. Isn't collaboration a win win situation to solve such complex issues?
Amelia's comment, May 31, 2013 6:48 AM
Yes, it is bad, some of fashion retailers also chose not to sign. I think they believe that their own way will be much more effective than signing that pact..
EcoVadis's comment, June 1, 2013 8:33 PM
Indeed.... Meanwhile, we know that collaboration decreases costs (e.g. shared audit) and can be very effective (e.g. Joint Audit Cooperation in the telco industry, or EcoVadis-led Together for Sustainability (TfS) initiative)...
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Bangladesh garment factory collapse kills more than 230 - World - CBC News

Bangladesh garment factory collapse kills more than 230 - World - CBC News | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
A garment factory building in Bangladesh that collapsed, killing at least 230 people, had been ordered evacuated after deep cracks became visible, but the factories flouted the order and continued working, officials say...
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Another catastrophic event among a supplier / manufacturer of garment for major Western brands. This really demonstrates failure in assessing complex supply chains and oversight with disastrous consequences.

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Walmart Names Names: Its List of 240+ Banned Factories in Bangladesh

Walmart Names Names: Its List of 240+ Banned Factories in Bangladesh | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
After announcing it will not join an industry-wide accord on factory safety in Bangladesh, the world's biggest retailer announced its own safety initiatives - and a list of factories banned from its supply chain...
EcoVadis's insight:

After H&M first move to disclose its factory list, following the Tazreen incident, Walmart is now releasing the list of factories it considered as unsafe and makes it available for all stakeholders.

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EcoVadis's comment, June 1, 2013 8:27 PM
Our experience at EcoVadis, shows that yes, it is possible to have such impact. However, our general approach would rather focus on prior engagement (not blacklisting). For example, we offer our clients to set Corrective Action Plans with their suppliers. This said, regarding the Rana Plaza incident, yes, filtering and disengagement should have remained a priority.
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Bangladesh Tragedy Reinforces Need for Corporate Action to Ensure Health and Safety in Supply Chains

Bangladesh Tragedy Reinforces Need for Corporate Action to Ensure Health and Safety in Supply Chains | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Today, on International Workers’ Day, an international celebration of the labour movement, the UN Global Compact is urging companies to step up efforts and engage in the fight to improve occupational health and safety standards.

EcoVadis's insight:

An interesting move from the United Global Compact to focus on down-to-earth CSR issues and advocate for the adoption of better health safety standards in the supply chain. This is a little reactive after major incidents such as the one at the Tazreen factory fire and Rana Plaza factory collapse that led to a 800+ death toll (not 400 as mentioned), but welcome.

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