Uniqlo is Asia’s largest fashion retailer has signed a global safety pact for Bangladesh garment factories in response to a factory-building collapse in April that killed more than 1,100 people. A spokesman for the Fast Retailing, a Japanese firm that operates the Uniqlo clothing brand, said the company took several months to join the accord because it wanted to thoroughly consider the conditions of the pact.
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The Bangladesh accord, supported by more than 30 mostly European retailers, aims to increase transparency of inspections and compliance in a sprawling supply chain.
A group of 17 North American retailers and clothing makers has agreed to a five-year safety pact aimed at improving conditions at Bangladesh factories that calls for inspecting all factories that supply their garments within a year.