BANGLADESH: EU calls on Bangladesh to ensure factory safety
The European Commission has called on the Bangladesh authorities to act immediately to ensure apparel factories comply with international labour standards following two fires that have killed more than 119 workers.
On Saturday (26 January) at least seven workers were killed and at least 50 others injured in a fire that raged through an unlicensed garment factory in Dhaka - just two months after 112 people lost their lives in another apparel factory fire in Bangladesh.
In a joint statement, HR/VP Catherine Ashton and EU trade commissioner Karel De Gucht said: "We are deeply saddened to learn of the deaths of young workers from a fire this weekend in a garment factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh. This tragedy is all the more shocking as it follows only two months after another textile factory fire in Bangladesh killed more than a hundred people.
"The EU is Bangladesh's largest trade partner and Bangladesh benefits from preferential access to the EU market. The European Union is deeply concerned about the labour conditions, including health and safety provisions, established for workers in factories across the country."
They added that the EU is willing and ready to assist the Bangladeshi authorities in any way it can to meet international standards.
"At the same time, European and international companies need to do more to promote better health and safety standards in garment factories in Bangladesh, in line with internationally recognised guidelines on corporate social responsibility," they emphasised.
- Low labour cost countries linked to highest risks
- Why should brands care about China cotton?
- China cotton: implications and opportunities
- COMMENT: Skills or new technology?
- UK reshoring hub hit by sweatshop claims
- South Africa to grow grass for recyclable textiles
- Activewear driving US apparel spend
- JC Penney share price falls on Q4 loss
- Sri Lanka and Bangladesh FTA talks underway
- Delta Galil open to M&A as profit grows
- Outdoor performance apparel: peaks, valleys, and green fields
- Myanmar's Garment Sector - Opportunities & Challenges in 2015
- Global market review of swimwear - forecasts to 2019
- Management briefing: Outlook 2015: Apparel industry issues in the year ahead
- Apparel Retail: Top 5 Emerging Markets Industry Guide