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Monday, 20 May 2013
Since the factory collapse that took 1,200 lives in Bangladesh, the
Swedish fashion giant H & M has begun to explore the possibilities
of production in South America and Africa.
Hennes & Mauritz which is said to be the largest clothing
buyer in Bangladesh, is now considering operation in South America and
Africa, writes the Financial Times.
This came shortly after the collapse of a factory in Bangladesh, where
over 1,200 workers died. According to Financial Times, Karl-Johan
Persson, chief executive of H&M, is said to be looking at countries
such as Mexico and Brazil after opening its first store in the southern
hemisphere this year in Chile.
Persson is also reported to have stressed that H & M did not have
any business in the collapsed building in Bangladesh, and that their
conduct would never have allowed production to take place in a
While he admits that the incident has given his company a cause to
think about, to some extent when it comes to production, he indicates
that H & M would continue production in Bangladesh, if suppliers
meet certain requirements regarding working conditions and wages.
H&M is one of the first of some 30 mostly European based retailers
who last week sign up to a legally binding agreement to pay for factory
repairs after independent inspections.
From the African side, in terms of sales, no specifics are being
pointed at but one world not fail to speculate on South Africa though
here labour cost would not be as low as in Bangladesh.
By Scancomark.com Team
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