Swedish fashion retailer H&M has asked to get inspections in Bangladeshi textile factories to go faster. These inspections were promised after the Rana Plaza disaster that left more than 1,000 people dead.
Plan for faster inspections
More than 150 brands and retailers have signed a treaty after that disaster to get all 1,500 Bangladeshi textile factories inspected by the end of August, but H&M feels it is taking much too long to get things going.
According to Helena Helmersson, head of sustainability, there should be a national plan for these inspections. "It should not be dependent on which brand is buying at the factory - it should be all factories. They have to put a lot of resources to be able to speed up the inspections", she told Reuters. H&M currently buys some 80 % of its clothing in Bangladesh.
The government in Bangladesh believes it will take up to 5 years before all factories are completely inspected, as it only has 200 qualified inspectors. H&M is also an advocate of higher wages, striving to get textile factory wages adjusted on a yearly basis instead of a 4-year basis as is the case now. "As inflation goes up, then also wages have to go up."