On November 20, 2013, the United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) joined an apparel and retail industry association letter expressing concerns with Senator Bob Casey’s (D-PA) amendment that would require military exchanges to only source garments made in Bangladesh with companies who are members of the Accord on Fire & Building Safety in Bangladesh. The letter was sent to House and Senate Armed Services Committee leaders. The letter provides reasons not to include the amendment, including: 

  • The amendments would have the perverse effect of giving preference to European companies over U.S. companies for garments produced in Bangladesh and sold in U.S. military exchanges.
  • The amendments are inconsistent with World Trade Organization (WTO) by establishing conditions on imports from Bangladesh.
  • The amendments would establish an arbitrary, European-written initiative for worker safety that most American companies have not supported, and
  • The amendment does not recognize the ongoing, intensive work that American companies have undertaken to build sustainable improvements to worker safety in Bangladesh through the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety (Alliance) and other company efforts.