Wal-Mart stepping up Bangladesh factory inspections

By REUTERS
May 15, 2013 01:21

 
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Wal-Mart Stores Inc said on Tuesday that it would conduct in-depth safety inspections at all 279 Bangladesh factories with which it works and publicly release the names and inspection information, as pressure mounts on retailers to ensure worker safety after April's deadly building collapse.

Wal-Mart said it would also have Bureau Veritas provide fire safety training for every worker in every factory in Bangladesh that produces its goods. Bureau Veritas is a European testing and inspection company that, on behalf of Wal-Mart, assesses factories and trains workers in Bangladesh.

Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, began more rigorous inspections earlier this year after more than 110 people were killed in a November 2012 fire in a factory that was producing goods for Wal-Mart and other retailers.

Wal-Mart said the inspections would be completed in the next six months and that it would begin posting inspection results on June 1.

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