Uniqlo tells China suppliers to improve working conditions according to the inspection report by the Japanese clothing retailer

Uniqlo owner Fast Retailing Co Ltd said on Thursday it has loaded two suppliers in China to improve working conditions in the factory after an inspection by the Japanese clothing retailer found several problems, including long working hours .

The move came after SACOM, an advocacy group based in Hong Kong, released a report saying that Dongguan Tomwell Garment Co Ltd and Pacific employees (Pan Yu) Textiles Ltd worked excessive hours in dangerous conditions, y including extremely high temperatures, poor ventilation and floors covered in sewage.

the safety of the plant at global clothing brands providers was under control after the collapse of a factory in Bangladesh in 2013 that killed more than 1,100 workers.

In China, poor working conditions has been widely cited as contributing to a number of suicides in recent years, as in the factories Apple Inc. supplier Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd, also known as Foxconn.

“Respect for human rights and ensure appropriate working conditions for workers in our production partners are priorities for Fast Retailing, and in this we are completely aligned with SACOM,” Yukihiro Nitta, the leader group for social responsibility Corporate executive, said in a statement.

Fast Retailing said he had told Tomwell Dongguan clothing and Pacific (Pan Yu) Textiles to make various improvements in the regulation of working hours and their plants. It also instructed Dongguan Tomwell garment to establish a labor union, organize elections and to hold its first meeting in March, he said.

The company, however, said the inspection had found discrepancies with several points in the report by SACOM about Pacific (Pan Yu) Textiles, including the cause of death of a worker was electrocuted. He said he would continue his inspection and to seek talks with clarification SACOM.

Dongguan Tomwell garment made clothes for Uniqlo and Pacific (Pan Yu) Textiles supplies to textile garment factories, including Dongguan. Neither company responded to requests for comment. SACOM declined to provide immediate comment.

Fast Retailing also said it would take steps to improve its system for monitoring its manufacturing partners, including beefing steps to verify overtime, track information such as accidents of employees and strikes, and introduction of a textile mill monitoring system supplying garment factories.

Nitta said Fast Retailing would check progress in a month with third parties, including auditors.

Citation: Reuters

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