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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.
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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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The Strategic Sourceror: Levi's built worker well-being and sustainability into supply chain

The Strategic Sourceror: Levi's built worker well-being and sustainability into supply chain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Levi Straus and Co. has used the trend toward sustainability and listening to the voice of its workers to improve supply chain management, according to GreenBiz.com. Levi's new approach involves improving worker well-being by ensuring they have opportunities for economic empowerment, good health, family security, equality, access to education and a safe working environment.

EcoVadis's insight:

News about Levi Strauss & Co.'s recent move towards supplier capacity building and engagement.

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Tim Kitchin's curator insight, April 26, 2013 1:23 PM

Good to see economic empowerment figuring in here as we strive for greener GROWTH !

EcoVadis's comment, April 29, 2013 12:49 AM
Thanks for your comment. Indeed, "greener" growth also implies better social and economic conditions in global supply chains, not only environmental impacts as such. Let's hope for better economic and fair retribution for workers as well!
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From Triangle to Tazreen: A Century of Lessons

From Triangle to Tazreen: A Century of Lessons | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
'From Triangle to Tazreen: A Century of Lessons' blog post by Francesca Rheannon.
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This interesting analysis from CSR Wire about the Tazreen tragedy highlights the failed control system and lack of supply chain monitoring (Walmart was not aware Tazreen was among its supplier base), combined with financial imperative (increased orders at year end) among the main causes that account for the tragic incidents.

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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.

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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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Int'l retailer C&A launches fire safety audit in Bangladesh

Int'l retailer C&A launches fire safety audit in Bangladesh | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The international Dutch chain of fashion retailer C&A has launched an in-depth fire safety audit at all its suppliers in Bangladesh after the country's worst-ever industrial blaze at Tazreen Fashions.

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In response to the Tazreen tragedy, international buyers such as C&A are now reinforcing their supply health and safety audit standards...

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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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