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European and North American brands to continue sourcing from Bangladesh

Fashion brands and retailers from Europe and North America including G-Star, H&M, Mango and s.Oliver are determined to continue their work in Bangladesh despite back-to-back terrorist attacks there recently. Rob Wayss, Executive Director for the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh (the Accord), says member brands and retailers would continue their business in Bangladesh.

The Accord, a platform of over 200 apparel brands, retailers and importers from over 20 countries in Europe, and North America, Asia and Australia was set up in 2013 to work for improvement of safety in Bangladeshi factories after the collapse of Rana Plaza complex that resulted in that loss of over 1,100 lives.

Accord has informed that it is not afraid of any attack. Interestingly, officials of Accord have a meeting with the Bangladesh home minister over their security issue on Tuesday (today). Another fashion brand and retailers group, the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety (ABWS) also clarified its position and said garment factories under its membership will stay put in Bangladesh and continue their regular operations there. The ABWS represents 28 major brands operating in Bangladesh, including several Canadian companies like Canadian Tire, Hudson’s Bay Co., Giant Tiger and YM Inc. as well as Gap Inc., Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Nordstrom Inc. and Target Corp.

Accord and Alliance, set to run until 2018, were ahead of schedule in improving safety at the factories in the country. Interestingly, some foreign companies working in Bangladesh's garment industry have suspended travel of their officials in Bangladesh after the terrorist attacks in Bangladesh.