Gap: fix these deathtraps before it's too late!

It’s been two months since 112 garment workers burned alive at a Walmart supplier and Bangladesh, and we’re still waiting for the world’s largest retailer to get serious about its workers’ safety. But Walmart isn’t the only company that treats Bangladeshi lives as just another cost of doing business. Gap buys apparel from the same kinds of deadly sweatshops as Walmart, and it also needs to act before it causes the next Tazreen disaster.

In 2010, a fire at a Gap supplier killed 29 workers, and the company recently promised it would adopt a new safety program for its Bangladeshi suppliers last year. But the apparel giant announced it would go it alone and create its own corporate-controlled monitoring system that won’t be accountable to workers, consumers, or independent safety experts.

More than 100,000 SumOfUs.org members have already demanded that Walmart join the independely-monitored Bangladeshi Fire Safety Agreement - now let’s make sure Gap feels the pressure too!

Tell Gap: Your workers lives are worth a few more pennies per garment!

Bangladesh has become the world’s second-largest clothing exporter because its rock-bottom wages and non-existent safety standards mean big profits for western retailers. The human cost of cheap apparel is enormous -- over 500 workers have died in the Bangladeshi garment industry sine 2006. The most recent deadly factory fire in Bangladesh killed 7 garment workers just two weeks ago.

But there's hope for Bangladeshi garment workers. After a sustained campaign by the Bangladeshi labor movement and its allies around the world, several major apparel corporations, including the conglomerate that own Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger, agreed to join an indpendent monitoring program and pay a few cents per garment to ensure their suppliers were taking basic precautions last. If other companies join the agreement, it could mean the difference between life or death for an untold number of Bangladeshi garment workers.

It’s been two months since 112 garment workers burned alive at a Walmart supplier and Bangladesh, and we’re still waiting for the world’s largest retailer to get serious about its workers’ safety. But Walmart isn’t the only company that treats Bangladeshi lives as just another cost of doing business. Gap buys apparel from the same kinds of deadly sweatshops as Walmart, and it also needs to act before it causes the next Tazreen disaster.

In 2010, a fire at a Gap supplier killed 29 workers, and the company recently promised it would adopt a new safety program for its Bangladeshi suppliers last year. But the apparel giant announced it would go it alone and create its own corporate-controlled monitoring system that won’t be accountable to workers, consumers, or independent safety experts.

More than 100,000 SumOfUs.org members have already demanded that Walmart join the independely-monitored Bangladeshi Fire Safety Agreement - now let’s make sure Gap feels the pressure too!

Tell Gap: Your workers lives are worth a few more pennies per garment!

Sign our petition to Gap

Sign onto the independent fire safety inspection program supported by labor unions and NGOs and recently adopted by PVH (owner of Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein) and German retailer Tchibo."

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