Hazardous workplaces

published 03-10-2013 14:16, last modified 10-10-2013 14:11
Two accidents cost the lives of three workers in Continental Garments factories in Dhaka. At the Eurotex factory, an exploding boiler caused panic among the workers. In the resulting stampede, two workers lost their lives. Only three weeks later, in another Continental Garments factory, a lift cable broke, resulting in the death of another worker.

The main buyers of Eurotex and Continental Garments were GAP and PvH, which is the parent company of Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein.
The Clean Clothes Campaign has urged these companies to pay compensation for lost wages and all the medical costs of the victims of these two accidents and their families. The compensation should meet the best practice standards that have been developed after previous accidents.

GAP, PvH and Continental Garments paid compensation in accordance with the demands. Brands were also called upon to take all necessary preventive measures, resulting in PvH signing the Fire and Building Safety Agreement. GAP is still refusing to sign the agreement.

See also:

Hazardous workplaces: Making the Bangladesh garment industry safe

What do companies and Multi Stakeholder Initiaves think of the CCC? *

“CCC has been one of the defining influences on code of conduct over the last 10 years. Codes of conduct have moved from being a fringe idea to a central plank of single CSR policy in the industry. A large part of that is because CCC internationally have been a champion for the role of brands taking action... and have placed and kept the issue in the public domain.”

“CCC have had impact by raising our awareness, triggering the development of our code of conduct and our subsequent mechanisms on monitoring, disclosure practises, decision to join MSI, training and follow-up.”

“If there is a critical situation in a factory that we have not become aware of ourselves, we do of course react immediately, if this is brought to our attention by CCC.”

“All activities raise awareness but do not change policies, urgent appeals have most impact to improve or change the way of working with a supplier or improve a situation if needed.”

* Quotes from internal report that assesses how Clean Clothes Campaign's labour rights corporate accountability work, including the Urgent Appeal system, has impacted corporate behavior between 1994 and 2010.

Pins Brown, 2010. Impact Assessment of Corporate Accountability Activities of Clean Clothes Campaign. Unpublished report on file.