H&M "Dramatically" Lagging Behind in Bangladesh Fire, Safety Repairs

Jasmine Malik Chua

Two years after the deadliest industrial disaster in the history of apparel manufacturing, H&M is “dramatically” lagging behind on correcting the fire and safety hazards in its factories in Bangladesh, according to a joint report released by the International Labor Rights Forum, Clean Clothes Campaign, Maquila Solidarity Network, and Workers Rights Consortium on Thursday. Using publicly available data provided by the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, the report examined H&M’s progress in improving working conditions in the South Asian country’s flourishing but ill-regulated garment industry, particularly in the wake of the collapse of the multi-factory building Rana Plaza, which killed 1,138 workers and injured thousands more just outside the capital of Dhaka in April 2013.

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