Katies and Millers take action on safety in Bangladesh

Campaigning for change, Ethical trading & business, Labour rights, Success stories article written on the 26 Jul 2013

Thanks to the great work of Oxfam supporters like you, another major Australian clothing retailer has now signed the Bangladesh Fire and Safety Accord.

This week, Specialty Fashion Group (incorporating the Katies, Millers, City Chic, Autograph and Crossroads brands) became the fifth Australian company to sign the accord, joining Kmart, Target, Cotton On and Forever New – this is great news! This now brings the number of clothing and footwear brands around the world to have signed the Accord to over 80.

It’s been three months since the Rana Plaza collapse in Bangladesh claimed the lives of more than 1,100 garment workers. Since that preventable tragedy occurred, thousands of Oxfam supporters responded by signing our petition calling on Australian retailers to sign the Bangladesh Fire and Safety Accord.

There is still a long way to go to ensure Bangladesh factory workers are treated fairly and can work in safety but this is a great first step by these companies. This has only happened because of the campaigning done by Oxfam supporters.

However, despite talking about signing the Accord, Big W is still holding out and we need your help to get them over the line.

We are also researching other Australian clothing brands to determine if they are also sourcing products from the Bangladesh factories – we’ll have more on this very soon.