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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 Fire Exposes Safety Gap in Supply Chain

Bangladesh Fire Exposes Safety Gap in Supply Chain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
A blaze that killed 112 workers in Bangladesh last month exposed a disconnect among retailers like Sears and Walmart, the monitoring system to protect workers and the factories filling the orders.
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Beyond the abominable tragedy, this article from the New York times also highlights key issues such as the opacity in sub-contracting networks, the lack of corrective actions and follow-ups once non-conformities are uncovered during audits, and of course the tragic lack of investment in what does not directly impact the bottom line...

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H&M Makes Their Suppliers List Public

H&M Makes Their Suppliers List Public | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

"Fast-fashion mecca H&M has made public almost all of the company's global suppliers. While the company boasts the move as a step towards transparency, it also seems to be a marketing initiative aimed to build the company's brand."

EcoVadis's insight:

H&M disclosure of around 95% of its order volume for all brands across 23 countries is a gigantic step forward in terms of textile supply chain accountability and represents a unique move toward supply chain 2.0. The list can be found on the H&M website.

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