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Alliance Action Plan Package

Alliance Action Plan Package

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17 U.S. brands and suppliers announce the Bangladesh Worker Safety Initiative. J.C. Penney, Macy's, Wal-Mart and others.
17 U.S. brands and suppliers announce the Bangladesh Worker Safety Initiative. J.C. Penney, Macy's, Wal-Mart and others.

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Published by: Sean Martin on Jul 11, 2013
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Statement of Purpose by Leaders of the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety
  As leaders in the apparel industry, we understand the complex challenges that surround thegarment industry in Bangladesh. Many of our organizations have worked individually to improvesafety and training for garment workers. We also know that the Bangladesh garment industry(which employs millions of workers, roughly 80 percent of whom are women) providesinvaluable economic opportunity in the country.The safety record of Bangladeshi factories is unacceptable and requires our collective effort.We can prevent future tragedies by consolidating and amplifying our individual efforts to bringabout real and sustained progress.To this end, we are announcing the establishment of the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safetyand the launch of the Bangladesh Worker Safety Initiative. These efforts constitute a binding,five-year undertaking that will be transparent, results-oriented, measurable and verifiable. Accomplishing the Initiative’s rigorous objectives will require an equally significant commitmentof leadership, resources and funding. Therefore, Alliance Members have agreed to share our knowledge, experiences and best practices, to collectively contribute to a safety fund that iscurrently $42 million and growing, and to also provide access to substantial low-cost capital for factory improvements.Our common purpose is to move swiftly, minimize bureaucracy and work in collaboration with allinterested parties to raise standards across the board. We seek to include the government of Bangladesh, its garment industry and its workers, and other international organizations whoshare these goals. This shared commitment is evidenced by our adoption of accountability andtransparency as our guiding principles. We will use third-party experts to verify AllianceMembers’ activities under the Initiative, publicly report results and milestones, and engageoversight by a Board of Directors that includes stakeholder members and an independent Chair.We believe the partnership and collaboration are critical to our success. We are committed toworking with other global brands and key stakeholders in order to achieve swift change. We’lluse the power of this newly created Alliance to find other sources of funding to supportadditional infrastructure improvement, including working closely with government agenciesaround the world.Together we will significantly improve worker safety and contribute to the long-term viability of this important Bangladeshi industry.
Signed by the following Members and supporters of the Alliance:
Stephen G. Wetmore
President and Chief Executive Officer 
 Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited
Michael D. Casey
Chief Executive Officer 
 Carter’s, Inc.
Jane Elfers
Chief Executive Officer 
The Children’s Place Retail Stores Inc.
Glenn Murphy
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer 
Gap, Inc.
Richard Baker 
Chief Executive Officer 
Hudson's Bay Company
Ronnie Adjmi
IFG Corp
Myron E. (Mike) Ullman, III
Chief Executive Officer 
J.C. Penney Company Inc.
Wesley R. Card
Chief Executive Officer 
The Jones Group Inc.
Kevin Mansell
Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer 
Kohl's Department Stores
 Christopher J. McCormick
President & Chief Executive Officer 
L.L. Bean Inc.
Terry Lundgren
Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer 
of Merchandi 
Nordstrom Inc.
Dan Shamdasani
Chief Executive Officer 
Public Clothing Company
Edward S. Lampert
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer 
Sears Holdings Corporation
 Gregg W. Steinhafel
Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer 
Target Corporation
Eric C. Wiseman
Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer 
VF Corporation
Mike Duke
President & Chief Executive Officer 
Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
Kevin M. Burke
President & Chief Executive Officer 
 American Apparel & Footwear Association
Bob Kirke
Executive Director 
Canadian Apparel Federation
Matthew Shay
President & Chief Executive Officer 
National Retail Federation
Diane J. Brisebois
President & Chief Executive Officer 
Retail Council of Canada
Sandra L. Kennedy
Retail Industry Leaders Association
Julia K. Hughes
United States Association of Importers of Textiles & Apparel
Action Plan Overview
We are pleased to have played a role in convening the discussions and independentlyfacilitating the collaboration that has led to the creation of the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety and the launch of its substantive action plan, the Bangladesh Worker Safety Initiative.The intensive process involved many individuals from diverse interests, sharing a common goal:a deep sense of responsibility to better protect all those working in Bangladeshi garmentfactories through swift action that significantly elevates fire and building safety in their workplaces.This effort focused on identifying the most achievable means for North American retailers andbrands to work with government and stakeholders to help ensure the safety of Bangladeshiworkers. The result is a legally binding commitment among founding Alliance members whocollectively represent the overwhelming majority of U.S. imports of RMG from Bangladesh,produced at more than 500 factories.This work was conducted in recognition that the urgently needed reforms are beyond the abilityof individual companies working separately, and it involved a collaborative process with inputfrom a wide variety of stakeholders — including industry, the International Labour Organization,the U.S. State Department, the Bangladeshi government, and many others.The group proceeded with a firm understanding that any truly effective solution must bedeveloped and implemented with a strict pledge to transparency and accountability. Theresulting agreement and program establish a clear path forward that includes specific andmeasurable action across the areas essential to improving factory safety. Importantly, it alsoincludes outside experts, ensures independent third-party verification, and establishes systemsto track and publicly report outcomes. The resulting transparency will allow the public to form itsown conclusions as to the effectiveness of the Alliance’s ambitious effort.The Initiative includes the indispensable component of empowering workers to report violations,including critical measures to protect their personal safety. The Alliance also has laid afoundation with global labor groups and NGOs that engenders shared responsibility with theBangladeshi government, and will help ensure the long-term economic viability of Bangladesh.The Alliance’s Initiative constitutes a substantive and timely step forward in protecting workersin the garment industry of Bangladesh, and a commitment to sustainable change for years tocome.
George J. Mitchell, Co-founder Bipartisan Policy Center Olympia Snowe, Senior fellow, Bipartisan Policy Center 

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