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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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