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New guidelines after disaster in Bangladesh

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TORONTO -- The Retail Council of Canada is updating its industry guidelines in the wake of a building collapse at a garment factory in Bangladesh that killed at least 382 people.

The association said in a statement Tuesday it will develop an updated set of guidelines for best practices and educational materials and resources for its members.

It did not release details of the guidelines.

The RCC said it has also joined a North American industry coalition of retail associations and is working with the International Labour Organization, along with other stakeholders, including the Bangladeshi government, to come up with safety standards for the Bangladesh garment industry.

The group represents 45,000 Canadian retailers, including department, grocery and independent merchants.

The illegally constructed eight-storey garment factory, which made products for Canadian clothier Joe Fresh among others, collapsed last week, resulting in hundreds of deaths. About 2,500 survivors have been accounted for.

Loblaw, which owns Joe Fresh, said it is in the process of contacting family members of the deceased to provide compensation.

 

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 1, 2013 A11

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