Around 50 protesters
held a demonstration outside Gap Inc's shareholder meeting at San Francisco on
Thursday urging the American clothing giant to sign the accord on Bangladesh’s
fire and building safety.
The protesters include activists from South
Asia, labour-rights defenders, students and consumers, said a media release sent
from the US.
"We are urging Gap to do its part to help prevent future
garment industry disasters like the fire at Tazreen that claimed 112 lives and
the building collapse at Rana Plaza that killed over 1,100 people,” said Claudia
Fernandez, a Santa Clara University student, at the demonstration.
should live up to their reputation for corporate responsibility," said
Fernandez, who is a member of United Students against Sweatshops.
Jabeen, another demonstrator, urged the Gap shareholders to do their job in
ensuring Bangladesh’s fire and building safety and protecting workers
“Don't skirt your responsibilities,' she said referring to signs
displaying names of Bangladeshi workers who were killed in a Gap supplier
factory in 2010.
Forty companies have already signed the Accord on Fire
and Building Safety in Bangladesh. The signatories include brands and retailers
from a dozen countries, with presence in more than 1,000 factories in