Target joins alliance to promote worker safety in Bangladesh

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Target joined an initiative led by two retail giants and two former Senators to focus on working conditions in Bangladesh.

The Star Tribune reports that Target spokeswoman Jessica Deede said the company the has been “actively engaged” with The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety. The alliance is led by Wal-Mart, the Gap, and former Senators George Mitchell and Olympia Snowe.

The group plans a Wednesday news conference to discuss its proposals. The newspaper said that the alliance will reportedly announce a $50 million fund to increase safety for garment workers who often work for low wages in structurally challenged factories.

In April, a garment factory collapsed, killing 1,129 people.

Retailers including Target, Wal-Mart, JCPenney, and Sears have been criticized for not joining the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh Garment Industry, which would impose legally binding standards.

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