The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh (the Accord) is an independent agreement between global brands and retailers and trade unions designed to build a safe and healthy Bangladeshi Ready Made Garment (RMG) Industry. The agreement was created in the immediate aftermath of the Rana Plaza building collapse in 2013 that led to the death of more than 1100 people and injured more than 2000. In the fall of 2015, the Trademark Licensing program announced its support of the Accord which would require that all suppliers of apparel sourcing from Bangladesh must be a signatory. Many of our suppliers had proactively joined the Accord prior to the adoption of this policy and we worked to make our stance on this issue aware to all other licensees. This transition was successfully completed in the spring of 2016. This is now a part of our standard licensing contract for all future licensees.

 

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