Woolworths Ltd, Australia's largest supermarket chain, has disclosed the names of all the Bangladeshi garment factories its sources from as it works to become more transparent. 

The owner of the Big W stores, which signed the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh last October, said it published the list of 52 supplier factories in March. 

"The list is currently complete and up-to-date," a spokesperson for Woolworths told just-style today (5 June). 

One of the factories listed is Aswad Composite Mills Ltd (U-2). In October last year, seven people were killed and 50 injured in a fire at a fabric-making facility called Aswad Composite Mills Limited, part of the Palmal Group, at Sreepur in the district of Gazipur.

However the company spokesperson stressed: "The Aswad factory listed on our website does not refer to the factory where the fire occurred last year. We did not source directly from that factory.

"Palmal factories are signatories of the Accord and our understanding is that all Accord members are producing in line with Bangladeshi law."

Woolworths said it has a "comprehensive ethical sourcing policy" and an associated audit programme, which includes requirements for a safe working environment.

All factories it sources from in Bangladesh have been audited over the last year, the spokesperson noted, adding: "We utilise the services of third-party auditing companies".

Apparel giant VF Corp has followed Woolworths' lead, after it revealed it will share the names of all the factories it uses in Bangladesh in the coming weeks.

The company said it is part of its commitment to improve working conditions for Bangladeshi garment workers and "building understanding with key stakeholders through greater transparency".

Last month, a workshop in Bangladesh was told that awareness of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) issues needs to be built up in the country's ready-made garment (RMG) industry.

The workshop, which was jointly organised by Bangladesh's Ministry of Labour and Employment, and the International Labour Organization (ILO), aimed to offer an in-depth analysis of intervention plans and an understanding of factory-level realities.

Click here to view Woolworths' full list of supplier factories in Bangladesh.