Over a thousand people lost their lives in the recent Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh. Sadly, it's just the most recent example of a series of similar tragedies throughout the past decade. And it's shocking and disappointing to hear that Australian companies like Woolworths and Big W may be part of the problem that has caused this tragedy.
I’m just an ordinary mum of two primary aged kids who shops at Big W. I am not sure how or what I'm meant to say here, but I know that we can't allow these atrocities to continue -- and that means companies buying garments from Bangladesh factories need to help protect workers and demand better safety standards.
Since the factory collapse, major brands like H&M, Zara, Tesco and Calvin Klein have signed up to the Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Agreement. But Australian companies like Woolworths, Big W, Kmart and Target are lagging behind.
Poor working conditions and hazardous factory environments are commonplace in the Bangladeshi garment sector. This needs to change.
Please, Woolworths & Big W, be part of the solution. Immediately sign up to the Fire and Safety Agreement, and commit to transparency about where you source clothes from.
You can also contact Woolworths & Big W on their facebook pages here:
https://www.facebook.com/woolworths & https://www.facebook.com/BIGWaustralia
We're wanting to see Woolworths commit to this - but these retilaers are deciding right now wheather to sign on. Help push them over the line by contacting them here https://www.facebook.com/targetaus?fref=ts & https://www.facebook.com/cottonon