UPDATE: As of Friday 9th February John Lewis has signed the 2018 Bangladesh Accord and as of Monday 5th March Arcadia Group have also signed.
After the 2013 Rana Plaza collapse that killed 1,135 people, retailers using factories in Bangladesh signed a legally-binding accord promising to uphold new safety standards for workers, and ensure a tragedy like that could never happen again.
Now British companies such as Marks & Spencer, Debenhams, Next and Sainsbury's are refusing to continue their commitment to fire and building safety, by ignoring calls to sign the renewed 2018 Bangladesh Accord.
The new accord goes into effect in May, so time is running out. We need to act now and demand the high street brands take action and sign the renewed 2018 Accord now!
Sign the petition to tell Marks & Spencer, Debenhams, Next and Sainsbury's that they owe a duty of care to these workers, to tell them to sign the renewed 2018 Accord now.
These High Street brands -- which are still making their clothes in Bangladesh -- can’t walk away from worker safety now while the job isn’t finished. Reparations from the 2013 tragedy need to be completed, and there is currently no reliable regulatory safety body in the country to take over factory inspections.
Demand these British High Street brands sign the renewed 2018 Accord and ensure protections for factory workers in Bangladesh.
The SumOfUs community came together in a huge way in 2013. Hundreds of thousands of SumOfUs members like you joined a global call to demand companies pay a few pennies more per garment to make sure their workers weren’t dying. We called customer service and talked to local store managers, and thousands of us posted impassioned messages on the Facebook walls of companies that refused to put workers’ lives before their obscene profits. As a result, over 200 companies responded and signed the Accord -- it worked before, and it can work again.