Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger Support Factory Worker Safety in Bangladesh; Union Pacific Railroad Sets Employee Safety Record - CSR Minute for February 6, 2013



PVH, owner of Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger, and the German retailer Tchibo have joined the Bangladesh Fire and Safety Agreement. The Agreement provides for the financing of major renovations and repairs needed to make that country’s apparel factories safe. It also bans production at any factory that refuses to make needed safety repairs and requires public disclosure of the results of all factory inspections. Following the latest fire that killed seven women workers in an unlicensed factory that made clothing for Spanish clothing company Inditex and several French brands, labor rights groups have renewed their call for more brands and retailers to sign on to the Agreement. Among the groups urging reform are The International Labor Rights Forum, the Worker Rights Consortium (WRC), and the Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC). Since 1990, over 1,000 people have been killed in garment factories in Bangladesh.

Union Pacific Railroad reports that its employee safety performance for 2012 was the best in the company’s 150-year history. Employees achieved a 1.01 injury rate, surpassing the previous best of 1.15 set in 2011. A company’s injury rate is the total number of injuries reportable to the Federal Railroad Administration per 200,000 worker hours. Union Pacific uses innovative video simulation technology to train employees in the classroom before they work in the real-world rail yard. Software teaches how to maneuver locomotives, operate switches, and sort rail cars onto different tracks. The comprehensive, on-the-job training through technology is credited with improving the company’s safety record, along with employee engagement and leadership in team-oriented safety practices.

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