Australia has listed its Bangladeshi supplier factories as part of a movement
towards greater supply chain transparency following last year’s Rana Plaza
reports that Target is among the signatories of the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh. There are eight other Australian signatories, including Cotton
on Group, Pacific Brands and Woolworths Australia.
Fairfax reports Target Australia’s managing director Stuart Machine as saying, We have a
responsibility to ensure that everyone who works for our business, whether
directly or indirectly, is safe in their workplace.
“This is also a key
concern for our customers, who want to know that the products they purchase
from Target are sourced and produced ethically.”
The Rana Plaza factory collapse near Dhaka in April last year claimed over
1,100 lives and was one of the worst industrial accidents in history.
Oxfam has urged other companies to follow the
lead of Target and be open about where their textiles are sourced from.