U.S. retailers unveil factory pact

$42 million Bangladesh safety plan criticized as lacking

Posted: July 11, 2013 at 3:29 a.m.

An employee at an Asda supermarket, the British retail arm of Wal-Mart Stores Inc., folds a pair of jeans at a London store that were manufactured in Bangladesh. A plan by Wal-Mart and other North American retailers to improve safety conditions in Bangladesh garment factories falls short of a similar plan adopted by mostly European retailers, critics say.

A new plan by Gap Inc., Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and other North American retailers to improve factory safety conditions in Bangladesh is being criticized for falling short of a separate pact reached by mostly European retailers.

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Business, Pages 21 on 07/11/2013