J.C. Penney: Don’t break your promise to families of workers who died making your clothes
  • Petitioned Janet Dhillon

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Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Janet Dhillon
Global Compliance Manager
Lesa Hubbard
VP Quality and Services
Joan Mudget

J.C. Penney: Don’t break your promise to families of workers who died making your clothes

    1. Petition by

      International Labor Rights Forum

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October 2011

Victory

After hearing from nearly 100,000 Change.org members, JC Penney has made sufficient payment into worker compensation fund, and is taking on a leadership role in improving fire safety standards in Bangladesh. Thanks to everyone for your support of this cause!

ILRF will continue to follow this issue to make sure that the Hameem group and industry leaders in Bangladesh pay in their part. We will also continue to encourage JCPenney to take a leadership role on fire safety initiatives in Bangladesh.

 

On December 14, 2010, 30 Bangladeshi factory workers were burned alive when an easily preventable fire broke out in the unsafe, multi-story sweatshop in which they were working. These men and women worked for “That’s It Sportswear” producing clothing for famous U.S. brands.

Thanks to pressure from Change.org members, seven of the eight brands (including J.C. Penney) doing business with the factory owners – the Hameem Group – signed a commitment to ensure fair compensation for the injured workers and surviving family members of the workers who died and to take meaningful steps to stop the epidemic of workplace deaths at US brands’ apparel factories in Bangladesh. Now J.C. Penney has shamefully broken this pledge. Today, six of the eight brands continue negotiating in good faith to establish an adequate worker compensation fund and sustainable fire safety initiatives. J.C. Penney, however, has dropped out.

We need your help to send a message to J.C. Penney to honor the commitments they made in January.

In Bangladesh, nearly 500 workers have died in factory fires during the past five years. Establishing effective initiatives to prevent fires like this from occurring again is critical. Nothing less than workers’ lives are at stake. Don’t let J.C. Penney walk away from workers in Bangladesh.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. JCPenney still needs to sign multistakeholder MOU

      The news we received from JCPenney yesterday was promising. We are monitoring the situation closely and continuing to urge JCPenney to sign the multistakeholder Memorandum of Understanding. Stay tuned...

    2. JCPenney reports payment to worker compensation fund!

      Just in today: JCPenney reports sufficient payment into worker compensation fund, so we're closing this petition. Thanks to everyone for your support of this cause!

      ILRF will continue to follow this issue to make sure that the Hameem group and industry leaders in Bangladesh pay in their part. We will also continue to encourage JCPenney to take a leadership role on fire safety initiatives in Bangladesh.

    3. Reached 75,000 signatures
    4. Check out our previous petition for more background!

      T N
      by T N
      Petition organiser

      For more background on this case, check out the International Labor Rights Forum's previous petition asking garment brands to take responsibility for a tragic factory fire in Bangladesh that killed two dozen workers.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Daniel Conkel FAIRBANKS, AK
      • over 2 years ago

      Crap! JCPenny is the only people that sell pants in my size! (40x36) I guess I'll have to wear Carhardts now! I think it's effin' bullcrap that JCPenny would pull a stunt like this. I wonder if they have an explanation. No more JCPenny for me. Buttholes.

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    • Carol Green LOS ANGELES, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      This is unconscionable. I will not patronize JC Penney again if they do not face their responsibility in this preventable and fatal tragedy, Additionally, I will share this information with others.

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    • Pst Prudence Bekee JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN, REPUBLIC OF
      • over 2 years ago

      The same laws in America should apply everywhere an american company employs people. What you cant do in America don't do it in Bagladesh compensate the families it's the decent and human thing to do

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    • Diane Koenig KALAMA, WA
      • over 2 years ago

      JC Needs to honor their commitment. Shame on them. I will never shop there again. Nice to know..

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    • D G MONTREAL, QC, CANADA
      • over 2 years ago

      Exploiting loose third-world safety regulations and labor codes at the expense of workers is a great way to maximize profits, but it's also a great way to give the US a bad name and secure your place in hell...

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