VF Corporation, a global leader in branded lifestyle apparel, has issued a progress update on its ongoing actions aimed at improving improve the safety and working conditions at its contract suppliers’ manufacturing sites in Bangladesh.
VF Corporation has made the announcement following the publication of the first Annual Report of The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety (Alliance), of which it is a founding member.
The Alliance, comprising of 26 North American apparel and retail companies, is a legally binding, five-year commitment to transparent, results-oriented, measurable and verifiable actions to improve the safety of the Bangladeshi readymade garment factories.
During the last 13 months, VF, in collaboration with the Alliance, has made measurable progress in the areas of factory inspections and repairs, and worker training and empowerment initiatives, in addition to providing significant financial resources to ensure worker support and safety, the company said in a statement.
“At VF, the safety of our associates and the people who make our products around the world is a priority and we are putting our human and financial resources behind our commitment,” said Eric Wiseman, chairman, president and CEO of VF.
“We are proud of our recent accomplishments and those of the Alliance in Bangladesh, but there is still much work to be done. We will continue to collaborate with The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety and with the Bangladeshi Government, labor unions, garment workers, factory owners and other like-minded organizations to make the factories in Bangladesh safer for all workers,” he added.
As a member of the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety and through its independent actions, VF has pledged to spend at least $17 million in the near-term to improve working conditions in Bangladesh.