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Woolworths must sign Bangladesh accord to ensure products are produced under safe working conditions

Media Release
Peter Whish-Wilson 7 Jun 2013

Today, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, Australian Greens spokesperson on trade, welcomed media reports that Kmart and Target have signed up to a global safety accord for Bangladesh garment workers and called on Woolworths and other retailers to do the same.

“In May, after the tragic Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh, I wrote to Australian retailers Kmart, Target, and Woolworths and urged them to sign on to the Bangladesh Accord,” Senator Peter Whish-Wilson said.

“Today I welcome reports Kmart and Target have taken this step.

“However, after almost three weeks, I have yet to hear back from Woolworths and I want to reinforce the need for the retailer to sign up to help ensure products are produced under safe working conditions.

“Retailers must do this, not only for the rights and health of workers, but also to satisfy consumers who are increasingly interested in the ethical dimensions of the products they purchase.

“The Greens will seek to help develop and support supply chain certification for clothing products sourced from developing countries and will continue to highlight the importance of social, environmental and ethical issues in trade,” he concluded.

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