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Tommy Hilfiger agrees to safer factories after ABCNews investigation.
3:43 | 03/21/12

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We bring you an important ABC news investigation that ends at your local mall in have to do with how the clothing we buy from popular -- like Kohl's -- the gap. And Tommy Hilfiger are actually manufactured what ABC's Brian Ross found when he looked into how some of the biggest labels make their close. May well leave you heartbroken. And after. Is classic preppy designs. -- Tommy Hilfiger and American fashion -- Brian Ross ABC news I don't know -- When we showed up backstage at fashion to ask him about the conditions are some of his clothes are made we got nothing but spin. I really believe what -- -- God I don't want and then the bums rush ordered out of Fashion Week by a team of security now. It's. -- credit we have reporters in art and -- -- -- -- hands off the ear and it. This this tragic -- what we wanted to ask children are about. RA BC news investigation. Into a fire that killed 29 people a little over a year ago. One of the factories in Bangladesh in South Asia -- -- -- preppy clothes at the name. Workers were trapped on upper floor -- many jumped to their deaths. Labor rights groups say -- -- it's had been locked to prevent them. When the workers needed to escape many could not do so because -- blocked exits Scott nova of the worker rights consortium. US labor unions that says that in addition to Hilfiger. The company in Bangladesh also make clothes for gap -- and other well known American labels and continues to make them despite the fires. By Bangladesh. Bangladesh is the cheapest place in the world to make apparel the lowest wage is 21 cents an hour 21 cents the weakest regulations the least attention to workplace health and safety. Do you have to die into the clothes and no one should die making apparel it is not inherently dangerous industry. Yet until our ABC news investigation and perhaps the most concrete step taken by -- -- company and others was to produce this training didn't. With a thick smoke. Telling workers not to panic the next time a fire breaks down. When it comes to putting their money where their mouth is they don't do it and when we showed up -- fashion. Bill -- first tried to claim falsely is that his company had already pulled out of the Bangladesh back. Ever again. -- -- -- -- -- -- That wasn't true. -- later came to ABC news to admit it along with the CEO of Phillips van -- -- company that now owns his clothing line. You said. You believe in the gold standard yes and that you would not ever make clothes with any of those factories and. I believe I did say that was a true. I think I made a mistake. Because I told you that we were going to pull out of Bangladesh. And in fact we haven't pulled -- Bangladesh. The CEO Emanuel -- Rico said his company continues to use the factories in question in Bangladesh because that's the only way to improve conditions. And to Ricoh said his inspectors found nothing sub standard at the factory before the fire that killed 29 people. Or small -- has been reduced but we didn't believe the -- themselves and they locked the gates on the workers for a while -- have a lot of photos were taken afterwards and we don't know here show there is there were six exits familiar tracks -- -- -- -- see any not when we were there and you -- as you can imagine -- -- going to do inspections -- there from moment in time but seeing that -- and stressed its tragic. But for all the regrets. Hilfiger and his company have contributed all of 37000. 500 dollars for their portion of a fund to help the families of the people killed in the factory fire. This widow whose husband jumped to his death will receive just over 101000 dollars. I cannot fulfill the demand of my son if he wants to eat something I cannot provide it and think -- My thousand dollars to a family in Bangladesh is a substantial -- money is -- doesn't. Its Anemia thing he would absolutely not it is is very little to worry though the two men ended the interview by pledging that the tragic fire will indeed make it -- I think it's turning point and hope it would be a catalyst for -- dramatic change and now we're more than a year away from the fire that still hasn't had. That's unacceptable. Today in a landmark agreement. Hilfiger and his parent company Phillips Van Heusen. Announced they would pay up to two million dollars for an independent fire inspector in Bangladesh to enforce new strict binding safety standards. Get sent it to -- negotiating a similar agreement. At long last say workers' rights advocates given the deaths of almost 500 people in garment factory fires in the last five years.

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