Remake is campaigning to pressure major brands, such as Levi's, to sign onto the new and expanded International Accord on Health and Safety. In 2013, the Rana Plaza factory collapsed in Bangladesh, killing 1,321 garment workers and sparking global calls to reform workplace safety in apparel factories, of which the historic Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety was born, a binding agreement that obligates fashion brands to partner in ensuring safe workplaces, including investing in equipment, training, and structural repairs. The agreement monumentally assisted with the safety of millions of garment workers and upkeep of factory conditions in Bangladesh for eight years. In 2021, the safety of Bangladesh’s garment factory workers hung in the balance as representatives from global trade unions and major apparel brands negotiated if there would be a future for the Bangladesh Accord. On August 25th, 2021, after months of campaigning by citizens and worker right groups, a new, two-year binding agreement was accepted to both renew and expand the life-saving Accord to new garment-producing countries as well as to add additional protections for worker health and wellbeing. Over 175 brands have signed on to the new International Accord! Some of the brands that have signed onto the International Accord include: adidas, American Eagle, ASOS, Bestseller, Boohoo, C&A, Esprit, H&M, Inditex (Zara), Mango, Marks & Spencer, Next, Primark, Puma, PVH (Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger), UNIQLO. However, there are still dozens of major brands that have yet to sign on to the new agreement, leaving workers lives in peril.
Through successful email-writing campaigns and social media actions, Remake galvanized our global community to target brands to sign onto the International Accord and continue to lead campaigns to get more major brands to sign on. Behind the scenes, our staff also had conversations with brands, urging them to sign the agreement. In 2021, we targeted H&M, Zara, Tommy Hilfiger, American Eagle, and C&A and our voices were heard. All five companies agreed to sign onto the International Accord and as of August of 2022, over 176 companies have signed on! That said, we will not stop campaigning until all major brands, like Levi's, Abercrombie & Fitch, and Skims, sign onto the new International Accord agreement.
9/13 - During the Accord Week of Action, demonstrations were held or letters were delivered in person to 18 Levi’s stores in 17 cities in 7 countries (Bangladesh, Pakistan, India, USA, Canada, Italy and England) on three continents (North America, Europe, Asia). We sent 1,012 emails to Levi's Board of Directors and Executives and 2,700+ since the start of the campaign. Cities where we dropped letters or held demonstrations: London, Karachi, Florence, Milan, Mombai, New Delhi, Dhaka, Bangalore, San Francisco, Kelowna, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle, Washington, DC. 9/5/22 - Remake is targeting Levi's as part of the International Accord Week of Action. 5/18/22 - Remake is targeting Levi's, Skims, and Abercrombie & Fitch to sign onto the International Accord.
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