Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Bangladesh garment factory fire at Rana Plaza - Woolworths/Big W reply to concerns & their sustainability strategy and even more links

Thank you for writing to us with your concerns on the recent factory collapse in Bangladesh. Let me assure you that BIG W was not sourcing from Rana Plaza. BIG W has in place a requirement for all suppliers to comply with our ethical sourcing policy on providing a safe and hygienic working environment. We regularly visit our suppliers’ factories in Bangladesh to ensure they meet our standards.

We believe the Accord on Fire and Building Safety is a positive initiative that enables a collaborative approach. On 7th of June, we announced that BIG W has written to IndustriALL to indicate that it will sign the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh.

On 29th May, BIG W wrote to the global union organisation IndustriALL to express our support for the Accord’s aims and our intention to become a signatory once the Accord working group, which includes retailers from around the globe, advises on the details of the implementation plan.

Woolworths Limited is a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact and is an active member of the international Consumer Goods Forum’s Global Social Compliance Program. This program aims to deliver a shared and consistent standard for continuous improvement to working and environmental conditions across all manufacturing categories and sectors.

Kind regards
Armineh Mardirossian
Head of Corporate Responsibility
Community & Sustainability
Woolworths Limited

Please note: picture, links and "The Brands You Know and Trust" have been inserted by Miss Eagle.

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