Put People Over Profit - Levi’s Must Sign the International Accord Now!
Last week, Workers United joined the Bangladesh Garment and Industrial Workers Federation, Remake, United Students Against Sweatshops, Model Alliance, Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition, the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, and other allies in a demonstration held at the Levi’s flagship store in Times Square in New York City.
Demonstrators entered the Levi’s store and delivered a letter to the management. The demonstration continued in front of the store, where Levi’s was called on to join the International Accord for Health and Safety in the Textile and Garment Industry, which has achieved dramatic progress since 2013.
It’s been 9 years since 1,138 workers died at Rana Plaza and nearly one year since the Accord–the most successful workplace safety program in modern fashion history–was renewed and expanded into an international agreement. Under the Accord, Bangladesh’s brutal history of garment factory deaths was halted. And even though 175 other brands, including Uniqlo, Zara, and H&M support the new International Accord agreement, Levi’s has refused to sign, threatening to undo progress.
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“Levi's is dangerously behind the curve when it comes to making garment factories safe places to work. Levi's has decided to pursue a voluntary approach to factory safety, which we know from many years of experience does not work. It is well past time for Levi’s to sign the Accord and ensure the safety of their workers.” - Kalpona Akter, President of Bangladesh Garment and Industrial Workers Federation
"Since its inception in 2013, the Accord has achieved immense progress in making garment factories in Bangladesh measurably safer, saving countless lives. As a company that prides itself on sustainability in action and living its values, Levi's has a responsibility to sign the International Accord and ensure safe workplaces for the workers in its supply chain. No worker should have to risk their life in order to go to work.” - Edgar Romney, Secretary-Treasurer, Workers United