Clothing Brands: Take Responsibility for Workers Burned Alive
  • Petitioned JC Penney

This petition was delivered to:

JC Penney
Gap Inc.
Osh Kosh B'Gosh
Carters Inc
Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger
Phillips-Van Heusen Corporation
The North Face, Wrangler, Lee
VF Corporation

Clothing Brands: Take Responsibility for Workers Burned Alive

    1. Petition by

      International Labor Rights Forum

Factory workers work in almost slave-like conditions making clothes for Americans. They are generally young, poor and female. On December 14, more than two dozen of them were burned alive when an easily preventable fire broke out in the unsafe, multi-story sweatshop they were working in.

Who did these Bangladeshi workers die for? Surely a shady company making clothes for the Bangladeshi poor?

Nope. These laborers make clothes for prominent American brands, like Abercrombie & Fitch, JC Penney, Target, Carters Inc (owner of the brand Osh Kosh B'Gosh), GAP Inc (owner of the brands GAP, Banana Republic and Old Navy), the Phillips-Van Heusen Corporation (owners of Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger) and the VF Corporation (owners of The North Face and Wrangler and Lee jeans).

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The tragedy began when a fire broke out on the ninth and 10th floors of the multi-story "That's It Sportswear" clothing factory just north the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka. With a number of the exits blocked, 28 workers were killed: most burned to death, some trampled to death, some killed by suffocation and others jumped from the flames to their death. Several dozen more suffered severe burns.

The tragedy is particularly bitter as labor rights activists have long called on US brands to pressure their Asian manufacturers to improve safety conditions at multi-story factories. Indeed this past April groups like the International Labor Rights Forum, the Maquila Solidarity Network and the Clean Clothes Campaign specifically called on major clothing brands to thoroughly review safety standards in multi-story factories.

But how many times in one year do workers have to die before American brands begin to take worker safety seriously?

These are principally American companies accountable to American consumers. It's time to show them that US shoppers will demand a serious, severe response to incidents like this.

Join a large consortium of Bangladeshi and international groups calling on all companies sourcing from the "That's It Sportswear" factory to provide just compensation to the victims and their families and launch thorough, independent, well funded and publicly transparent safety inspections of all multi-story supplier factories in Bangladesh in the supply chain of each brand and retailer.

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Recent signatures


    1. Target Responds to Bangladesh Fires Campaign

      Yesterday we wrote that two companies - Target (TGT) and Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) - have refused to compensate the families of 28 workers killed in a fire while making their clothes.
      Last night Kay Schultz, a senior group manager at Target,...

    2. Abercrombie and Target Ignore More Than 65,000 Members

      65,000 people from more than 70 countries call on American corporations with annual profits in the tens of billions to give a minuscule percentage of that to compensate workers killed or injured while making their clothing.
      Sound reasonable?...

    3. GAP, Inc. Agrees to Compensate Families of Factory Fire Victims

      Since fires in unsafe Bangladeshi factories killed 28 workers last month, over 25,000 members have asked the clothing companies using those factories to compensate the victims' families and improve factory safety inspections. GAP, Inc. is...

    4. Victory! Gap Pledges to Do the Right Thing After Bangladesh Factory Fire

      One month ago today, 28 workers were burned to death and hundreds more injured at a tragic fire in an unsafe, multi-story clothing factory just north the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka. With a number of the exits locked by management, some workers...

    5. Will Companies Ignore Deadline to Help Families of Workers Burned Alive?

      Last month, 28 workers were killed when a fire broke out in a Bangladeshi sweatshop. Not only was the unsafe, multi-story factory in violation of basic safety standards for workers, but almost a third of the exists were blocked, trapping workers...

    6. Workers Burned Alive Making Luxury Clothes for US Brands

      UPDATE: After 28 workers were burned to death at an unsafe clothing factory in Bangladesh, tens of thousands of us called on companies buying from the factory to take responsibility. GAP Inc, the largest US clothing retailer, has given in! One...

    7. 28 Die in Factory Fire Making Clothes for the Gap

      The Bangladeshi garment industry is rife with labor abuses, taking advantage of the vulnerability of its primarily poor, female workforce. In a particularly shocking incident last week, 28 workers perished in a factory fire that never would have...

    8. Fire Exits Blocked in Gap Sweatshop Fire, 28 Workers Killed

      Earlier this week, a fire at a Bangladesh sweatshop making clothes for the Gap, Walmart, JC Penney and other companies killed 28 workers. Why such a high death toll for a single factory fire? Perhaps it's because the workers were trapped on high...


    Reasons for signing

    • Nadia Naweed CASTRO VALLEY, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      Agree with Michele Hamilton re Traingle Factory fires that killed 146 people... that is to say, American people.

      This is surely 2011 greed via 1911's workers rights.... companies AND consumers are far removed from knowing how and where their goods are made..humanity represents all humans, not just a portion.

      Read the "Triangle Shirt Factory of 1911." because out of sight and out of mind does not play well in 2011's global economy.

    • Michele Hamilton MERRIMACK, NH
      • over 3 years ago

      Triangle Factory fire redux.

    • Jennifer Moen GREAT FALLS, MT
      • over 3 years ago

      Murder is murder and though i do not agree with the circumstances i believe they deserve justice either way

    • Samantha Trosky SWEET HOME CHICAGO AREA, IL
      • over 3 years ago

      Why do these companies need to profit billions? They won't build factories in American because we have rules! We need jobs, but their foaming at the mouth greed is all they care about!!!

    • corey mcfee TORONTO, CANADA
      • over 3 years ago



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