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Uniqlo stays out of signing Bangladesh safety pact

  • Fast Retailing Co., the Japanese firm behind the Uniqlo and Theory fashion brands, has chosen not to sign a legally binding safety pact for factories in Bangladesh, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.

    Instead, the company has decided to increase its own inspections.

    Last month, more than 1,100 garment workers died following the collapse of the eight-story Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh, increasing pressure on fashion brands to improve working conditions.

    Sweden's H&M, U.S. retailer Abercrombie & Fitch and Spain's Inditex, which owns the Zara brand, have signed the pact.

    Wal-Mart has also chosen not to sign the pact because it believes its own inspections will produce better results.

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