The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) today issued the following statement on the public release of Bangladesh factory audit scores:
"This summer RILA joined the retail community in announcing the formation of the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety. The Alliance, whose members include many of the largest North American retailers, established a binding, transparent, results-oriented, initiative to improve worker safety in Bangladeshi garment factories. Since then, the Alliance has made considerable progress developing uniform standards, conducting audits, hiring local experts in Dhaka, and working with stakeholders to ensure that the factories from which Alliance members source are safe. The announcement today from Wal-Mart demonstrates that retailers are living up to their commitment to improve worker safety in Bangladesh in a timely and transparent manner.” – Stephanie Lester, Vice President of International Trade at RILA.