Abercrombie & Fitch Joins Bangladesh Safety Accord as Other American Retailers Develop Competing Initiative
Abercrombie and Fitch has become only the second American brand, after Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger parent company PVH, to sign the Bangladesh fire and safety accord, WWD is reporting. The retailer joins the 30 some companies--mostly European--who have signed onto the IndustriALL Global Union-led agreement including H&M, Zara, Topshop, Mango, Bennetton, and Joe Fresh. Gap and Wal-Mart, two of the world's biggest retailers who routinely produce out of Bangladesh, still have not signed the accord. Wal-Mart revealed on Tuesday it would be pursuing it's own initiative to improve worker safety in Bangladesh--and now it looks like other American retailers will be following a similar path.