An alliance of civil society groups filed a complaint against Amazon, Ikea and Tom Tailor April 24 citing a “failure” of corporate due diligence under Germany’s recently passed Supply Chain Act which requires large corporations to identify, address and reduce social and environmental abuses within supplier operations.
Yahoo!Life said the complaint argued the companies issued a “lack of inspections” while also claiming the businesses violated labor rights, including the “lack of freedom of association.”
It was announced by the African Women’s Development and Communication Network, the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights and the National Garment Workers Federation exactly ten years after the Rana Plaza building collapse killed over 1,100 people in Bangladesh. Moreover, the coalition said that Amazon, Ikea and German fashion retailer, Tom Tailor, failed to sign the International Accord for Health and Safety in the Textile and Garment Industry, an initiative that could have provided them all with an “effective mechanism for improving workplace safety.”
“Ten years after Rana Plaza, there are still factories in Bangladesh producing clothes for international corporations like Amazon, Ikea or Tom Tailor, where there are hardly any safety checks,” said Amirul Haque Amin, president and co-founder of the National Garment Workers Federation. “We can no longer accept this.”
Amazon and Tom Tailor did not immediately respond to an emailed request from Yahoo!Life for comment. Ikea said it was unable to speak about the complaint because it had not yet received any information from German authorities.