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Abercrombie & Fitch to work with Nirapon

Mar '19
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Abercrombie & Fitch is working with Nirapon, a Bangladesh-managed organisation tasked with overseeing the ongoing safety and training efforts and helpline access in all the factories in Bangladesh from which its members source. This move is part of A&F’s ongoing support of industry-wide safety improvements throughout its global supply chain.

With the support of more than 20 leading global brands, Nirapon will monitor its members’ factories to verify that they: continue to meet the National Action Plan harmonised standards for physical safety (structural, fire and electrical); have implemented standardised training programmes focused on worker safety; and continue to make the 24-hour confidential helpline, Amader Kotha, available to its factory workers. Nirapon will serve as the single point of contact between its members and the factories on these issues and will also focus on building local capacity to manage fire and building safety to sustain and build on the investments in worker safety that have been made to date.

Since 2013, as one of the first US brands to sign the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, the vendors that A&F works with in Bangladesh aggressively remediated initial findings in its facilities to deliver long-term sustainable improvements. Now, the company works with vendors in five facilities. Its vendor partners are committed to sustaining best practices, with ongoing guidance from leading brands, as well as third-party auditing firms, and now in partnership with Nirapon.

“We are pleased to announce our support of Nirapon. We remain steadfast in our commitment to being part of a long-term solution for continuous safety in Bangladesh, and we look forward to working with Nirapon and other member brands on sustaining factory safety improvements in Bangladesh at a local level,” said Fran Horowitz, chief executive officer of Abercrombie & Fitch. “A&F is committed to supporting meaningful industry-wide safety improvements, and the welfare of its employees and its vendors around the world.” (SV)

Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India

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