Australian clothing brands and retailers are being urged to take more responsibility for their supplier factories in Bangladesh as part of a campaign by Oxfam in the run-up to Christmas.

The aid and development charity wants retailers to sign up to the Accord on Fire and Building Safety, which gives factory workers the right to refuse dangerous work and mandates independent building inspections, workers' health and safety training, and repairs and renovations to unsafe factories.

Under a list of a "naughty" and "nice" clothing brands, the group praises Kmart, Target, Cotton On, Forever New, Specialty Fashions and Woolworths for signing the safety accord.

But it names Just Group, Best & Less, Rivers and Pacific Brands for failing to join.

"As you unwrap a new pair of jeans or a nice new shirt this festive season, wouldn't it be nice to know that it came from a Bangladesh factory made by workers who are covered by a genuine, independent safety agreement?" the campaign asks.

It adds: "In the past several years more then 1,800 people have lost their lives making garments in Bangladesh and we want to see Australian retailers take this seriously."