Martedì, 23 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Benetton confirms ties to collapsed Bangladesh factory

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Rome, May 9 - Italian clothing giant Benetton on
Thursday confirmed it had purchased shirts from one of the
manufacturers that operated inside the Bangladesh garment
factory that collapsed and killed over 800 people last month.
"The New Wave company, at the time of the tragic disaster,
was not one of our suppliers, but one from whom our direct
Indian suppliers had subcontracted two orders," said CEO Biagio
Chiarolanza in an interview with the Huffington Post.
The statement comes after the company first claimed that
"none of the companies involved are suppliers to Benetton Group
or any of its brands".
Photos revealed Benetton labels amid the wreckage shortly
after the disaster.
Chiarolanza said the confusion came from its complex supply
chain.
The CEO said Benetton decided to halt production with New
Wave a month before the collapse occurred due to the
manufacturer's inability to meet "strict" quality and efficiency
standards.
Chiarolanza said his Veneto-based company plans to continue
to use factories in Bangladesh.
"I really believe Benetton and other international brands
can help these countries improve their condition," he said. "But
we need a safe and happy working environment and we need to have
better conditions".
The CEO said his company had ordered roughly 200,000 shirts
from the Bangladesh factory, a relative small commission.

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