Topshop bosses attacked on Bangladesh safety

24 July 2013 - 10:23am
Press release
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  • Topshop, now being sued by Rihanna for using her image on T-shirts without permission, faces more controversy today for not having signed up to the Bangladesh Safety Accord.

    The anti-poverty charity War on Want urged the public to press Topshop's parent company, Arcadia Group, to join other leading fashion retailers that have signed the Accord.

    This appeal came three months on since the Rana Plaza building in Savar collapsed, killing more than 1,100 people and injuring over 2,500 others, with many of the victims garment workers producing clothes for UK brands.

    The Bangladesh Safety Accord is a landmark agreement between brands and retailers and trade unions, agreed on 15 May in the wake of the Rana Plaza disaster.

    The Accord is a comprehensive and legally binding programme for improving factory safety, including full transparent building audits, worker training and mandatory repairs to make factories safe. Over 80 major brands and retailers including Primark, H&M and Tesco, have already signed the agreement.[1]

    The Arcadia Group also comprises Miss Selfridge, BHS, Burton and Dorothy Perkins. War on Want cites the fact that Arcadia Group's 2011-12 full-year profits jumped 25 per cent to £166.9 million.

    In addition, the charity encouraged the public to press US brands Gap and Walmart to sign the accord.

    It dubbed the alternative Bangladesh safety plan launched by Gap, Walmart and other US retailers as a "sham" that would leave workers still at risk. [2]

     


    NOTES TO EDITORS:

    1 http://www.industriall-union.org/bangladesh-safety-accord-implementation-moving-forward
    2 http://www.waronwant.org/component/content/article/17940
    - Members of the public can sign War on Want's petition by visiting http://www.waronwant.org/bangladeshfactory
    - In 2007 the Sunday Times alleged workers in Mauritius earned less than £4 a day making clothes for Topshop's Kate Moss range - http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/style/fashion/article69599.ece
    - In 2010 the Channel 4 programme Dispatches accused Arcadia Group chief Sir Philip Green of using British factories where workers earned less than half the minimum wage. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/retail-giants-shamed-by-uk-sweatshops-2128022.html

    CONTACT: War on Want media officer Paul Collins (+44) (0)20 7324 5054 or (+44) (0)7983 550728

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