The move comes almost a year after the Tazreen Fashions factory fire

The move comes almost a year after the Tazreen Fashions factory fire

Edinburgh Woollen Mill, owner of the Peacocks and Jane Norman chains, has become the latest apparel retailer to sign the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh.

The move comes almost a year after the Tazreen Fashions factory fire in Dhaka which killed 112 workers - where Edinburgh Woollen Mill was accused of sourcing its clothing.

The company hit back at the allegations in a BBC Panorama documentary in September, saying it had evidence to prove "unequivocally" that the garments displayed were not manufactured in the Tazreen factory.

The retailer joins more than 110 companies, including H&M, PVH, and Debenhams, who have signed the Accord - a legally-binding five-year agreement, aimed at improving safety standards in Bangladesh ready-made garment factories.

The agreement commits to independent safety inspections with public reports on all Bangladeshi suppliers used by the signatories, meeting the cost of any remedial work, and guaranteeing workers' wages while the works are carried out.

"Edinburgh Woollen Mill's decision is good news for workers in Bangladesh, good news for UK shoppers - who now know one more British retailer has done the right thing - and good news for the company itself," said Frances O'Grady, general secretary at UK trade union, TUC.

"This shows that campaigning pays off and that companies and brands listen to consumers who are worried about how the clothes they buy are made."

Although the TUC welcomed Edinburgh Woollen Mill's move, the union said it would "still like to see the company pay compensation to the victims of the Tazreen Fashions factory fire and their families".

Campaigners such as the Clean Clothes Campaign, International Labor Rights Forum, and IndustriALL are still calling for immediate and urgent action by all brands associated with the Tazreen Fashions factory.