High Fashion, Deadly Factories

Tommy Hilfiger agrees to safer factories after ABC News investigation.
2:33 | 03/21/12

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Few people in the fast forward -- a fashion have been as successful over the years as Tommy Hilfiger. Is classic American designs that made him a multi million. Even as he remained far removed from the cruel realities of this that's again. A lot of these wonderful fashions are being made. Under brutal conditions in countries around the world often in factories that are unsafe. -- leading to serious injury and sometimes death for workers. We're in fact almost 500 deaths from garment factory fires in the last five years in one country alone. Bangladesh. In South Asia. 29 workers died -- this factory a little over a year trapped on upper floor. Labor rights groups say some exits had been -- yet more than a year later despite talk of reform. ABC news found that the company that owns this that. Continues to make clothes for Tommy Hilfiger as well as -- and calls when it comes to putting their money where their mouth is. They don't do it when we found that the group backstage at Fashion Week that's. He at first falsely claimed that his company had already pulled out of Bangladesh because of the -- conditions. Number again and someone ordered security guards to escort -- off the Fashion Week promise. No 11 on the future hands off the -- and equipment. But within days we got an apology from Hilfiger. And the real story about his company's presence in Bangladesh. But did make a mistake and telling you that I would. Imagine we'd be pulling out of all Bangladesh one fact that wasn't true what is true. Is that his company and many other American manufacturers. Rely heavily on Bangladesh facts. -- the average wage is about 22 cents an hour. Hundreds of dead in fire. Apparently none of course and to find new things and make their clothes for -- -- Today in a landmark agreement Hilfiger and his company Phillips -- his. Announced they would pay for an independent fire inspector to enforce strict safety standards something they had refused to do before our investigation. Pledging to spend between one and two million dollars to make it happen. -- says it too is trying to negotiate a similar agreement -- bottom line is no one should have to die making clothes for Americans. Brian Ross ABC news New York.

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