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PUMA SE : PUMA will sign Agreement on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh
PUMA will sign Agreement on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh
Herzogenaurach, Germany, 4 June 2013 - The Sportlifestyle company PUMA
announced at its stakeholder meeting "Talks at Banz" that it will sign the
Bangladesh Fire and Safety Agreement set up by global trade union IndustryAll
this week to ensure that the company's six supplier factories in Bangladesh
adhere to high standards of social and working conditions, ensuring the safety
and health of its workers. PUMA's Chief Commercial Officer Stefano Caroti
pointed out that through signing the agreement PUMA's supplier factories will
have to undergo independent safety inspections and audit reports will be made
public. Carrying out repairs and renovations that result from the independent
inspections are mandatory for the supplier.
"The agreement requires PUMA to underwrite the costs and to cut off business
with any factory that refuses to make necessary safety upgrades. It gives
workers and their unions a role in the process according to the non-profit
Worker Rights Consortium," said Caroti at PUMA's stakeholder meeting at the
Banz monastery in Bad Staffelstein in front of 67 participants from
non-governmental organizations, academia, suppliers and corporations.
PUMA sources 11% of its apparel products from six supplier factories in
Bangladesh. All PUMA suppliers in Bangladesh were A to B+-rated after having
been audited by PUMA's audit team.
PUMA has defined clear mandatory standards for all suppliers in the "PUMA.Safe
Handbook of Occupational Health and Safety," which includes specifications on
working safety as well as the architecture and structural engineering aspects
of their buildings (See Chapter 9 on
http://about.puma.com/category/sustainability/puma-standard/). Following the
building collapse in Bangladesh in April, we immediately contacted all PUMA
suppliers to receive confirmation from the suppliers that they are following
these regulations and to request the structural engineering certificates for
all buildings. Future audits of supplier factories will be carried out with a
renewed focus on these aspects.
A special guest at PUMA's 10th annual stakeholder meeting - that focussed on
the question "How to let Consumers live and support Sustainability" - was Nazma
Akter, President of the Bangladesh Combined Garment Workers Federation and a
former child worker in an apparel factory, who elaborated on the working
conditions in Bangladesh supplier factories and called upon PUMA to increase
the sourcing volumes from Bangladesh in order to support the important apparel
industry of the country.
PUMA's stakeholder meeting took place from June 3 to 4, 2013.
A full list of PUMA suppliers is available on:
Kerstin Neuber - Corporate Communications - PUMA SE - +49 9132 81 2984 -
PUMA is one of the world's leading Sportlifestyle companies that designs and
develops footwear, apparel and accessories. It is committed to working in ways
that contribute to the world by supporting Creativity, SAFE Sustainability and
Peace, and by staying true to the principles of being Fair, Honest, Positive
and Creative in decisions made and actions taken. PUMA starts in Sport and ends
in Fashion. Its Sport Performance and Lifestyle labels include categories such
as Football, Running, Motorsports, Golf and Sailing. Sport Fashion features
collaborations with renowned designer labels such as Alexander McQueen and
Mihara Yasuhiro. The PUMA Group owns the brands PUMA, Cobra Golf and Tretorn.
The company, which was founded in 1948, distributes its products in more than
120 countries, employs about 11,000 people worldwide and has headquarters in
Herzogenaurach/Germany, Boston, London and Hong Kong. For more information,
please visit http://www.puma.com
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