Further to our previous statement (15th May 2013), yesterday we received clarification on the information that we had been requesting – namely the estimated annual contribution figure and further details of the Bangladesh Accord proposed programme.

We have therefore signed the Accord, having received confirmation that we will have a face to face meeting with Accord Steering Group members and details of proposed expenditure across the Accord's initiatives.

Arcadia undertakes its own rigorous ethical trading programme and conducts frequent audits and factory visits throughout the supply chain, including Bangladesh, as part of our Fashion Footprint programme.

However, we are clearly saddened by the events in Bangladesh factories, and want to play our part in contributing to an industry initiative that aims to make positive changes for the workers within the garment industry in that country.

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