Japan's Uniqlo signs safety pact for Bangladesh
TOKYO (AFP) - The owner of Japanese clothing chain Uniqlo announced on Thursday that it has signed up to a safety pact covering Bangladesh's disaster-hit garment factories, following criticism of its delay in doing so.
Fast Retailing said in a statement that it has signed the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh.
Last month, 70 top retailers promised to open their Bangladesh factories to safety inspections within nine months as part of the accord.
The mainly European brands will underwrite repairs and renovations if inspections reveal their factories to be unsafe, according to the legally binding agreement.