On May 15, 2013, the North American Bangladesh Worker Safety Working Group announced a new initiative to strengthen its commitment to safer factories in Bangladesh. The Safer Factories Initiative, built on the extensive work already being conducted on the ground by brands and retailers today, goes an important step further than the IndustriALL accord and addresses many of the concerns put forward by U.S. brands and retailers with signing that accord. We encourage you to read the entire statement here, and let us know if you have any questions. If you source from Bangladesh and are not already involved in this working group, we encourage you to get involved.