Abercrombie & Fitch: Dangerous Factories

Sarah Newell, International Labor Rights Forum

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Dear Sylvia,

Sign the Petition to Abercrombie & Fitch!

That’s It Sportswear – Bangladesh, 2010

More than three years after Abercrombie and Fitch made a legally-binding commitment to worker safety, the workers sewing A&F clothing are still working in dangerous conditions. In the wake of the 2013 Rana Plaza building collapse that killed 1,134 workers, A&F signed the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh and committed to improving conditions in all factories they source from in Bangladesh. This agreement was meant to prevent a repeat of what remains the deadliest disaster in the history of the global apparel industry. Now, more than three years after this commitment, thousands of Bangladeshi workers who sew A&F’s clothing continue to toil in multi-story factories that are at risk of being the next Rana Plaza.

Take action: Urge Abercrombie & Fitch to put an end to the safety delays!

Our review of the most recent corrective action plans for A&F supplier factories reveals that the brand has failed to meet mandated timeframes for repairs in most of its supplier factories. Many renovations, including the installation of proper fire safety exits and ensuring walls and columns are strong enough to hold up the floors, have yet to be completed. In half of the Abercrombie factories studied, workers may not be able to safely exit the building in case of emergency — that’s over 10,000 lives in danger every day A&F waits to keep its commitments. 

This is especially concerning because factory fires are not new to A&F. In 2010, A&F’s supplier That’s It Sportswear caught fire and cost 29 people their lives. This significant loss of life came from some of the same conditions found in their factories today: blocked exits, floors built illegally on top of another – in the case of That’s It Sportswear, so high that firefighters didn’t have ladders tall enough to save people on the top floors.

Join us in calling on Abercrombie & Fitch to immediately ensure the necessary renovations are made in Bangladesh, so that nightmares like That’s It Sportswear and Rana Plaza never happen again.

Thanks in advance for taking action and joining this movement!

In solidarity,

Sarah Newell
International Labor Rights Forum

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