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Shop Direct signs up to Bangladesh Accord

Shop Direct has said it will support the principles of the Bangladesh Accord, just hours ahead of the deadline at midnight tonight.

The parent company of etailers Littlewoods, Very and Isme is the latest in a long line of retailers to have publicly backed the agreement, which includes legally binding measures around inspection and building upkeep, this week.

Primark, Marks & Spencer, Arcadia, John Lewis and Tesco are among the British businesses have to signed up.

A statement issued by Shop Direct this afternoon said: “While our supplier base in Bangladesh is relatively small – 26 factories producing just 5% of our own-brand fashion – there is undoubtedly much that we as an industry can do to improve working conditions in the country.

“Having seen the detail of the Accord for the first time today, we are happy to support the principles outlined and to work with other retailers and NGOs on its implementation. Alongside this, we will continue with our own global programme of ethical and environmental factory audits.”

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