Brands including Ikea shun new safety accord after Rana Plaza disaster

Brands including Ikea shun new safety accord after Rana Plaza disaster

New pact follows Bangladesh Accord, a safety agreement reached after building collapse killed more than 1,000 workers

American retailer Abercrombie and Fitch, Swedish furniture giant Ikea and the clothing label of rapper Sean “Diddy” Combs are among the brands yet to sign a new accord to uphold the safety of millions of garment workers in Bangladesh.

The pact follows on from the Bangladesh Accord, the largest of the safety agreements signed between brands and unions five years ago after 1,134 garment industry workers were killed in the collapse of the Rana Plaza building on the outskirts of Dhaka.

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