After several months of campaigning and a few weeks 6 Australian companies signed the Bangladesh Fire and Safety Accord which will ensure that factories used to supply these companies in Bangladesh are safe for their workers.
But we couldn’t get 4 companies over the line so we spent weeks preparing the next step in the campaign. And yesterday we launched we launched a Naughty or Nice list in time for Christmas shopping so that people can know which retailers have signed the Bangladesh Fire and Safety Accord and which ones haven’t. And. It. Went. Nuts.
I have never seen anything go so crazy on Facebook so quickly. We broke all of our previous records for website visits by lunch time yesterday and the Facebook post that launched the list has been seen by almost 350,000 people.
Which is all very heartening. It goes to show that Australians really do want to know about the conditions that their clothes are made in. People want to hold companies accountable for endangering the lives of people.
We confirmed today that because Rivers were recently acquired by Specialty Fashions they are going to be covered by the Accord. Which leaves just three more companies to get across the line!
We know that the companies in the naughty list are feeling the heat. We hope that they are close to signing the Accord but we still need to keep the pressure up.
So do me a favour and SHARE THIS ON FACEBOOK so that your friends know who has signed the accord and who hasn’t. Then find the companies who haven’t signed the accord on Facebook (Bonds, Just Jeans, Peter Alexander, Berlei, Best & Less) and write on their wall and comment on their posts. Ask why they haven’t signed the accord, send them HERE to show them why the Accord is so important and generally make their communications a little bit difficult for them until they take meaningful action to protect workers in their supply chains.
Winning this campaign would be the best Christmas present I could ever imagine. Please help.