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ABC news investigates Hilfiger, Gap clothing factories overseas

March 21, 2012 | 12:28 pm

Tommy Hilfiger and his parent company, Phillips-Van Heusen (PVC), will impose fire safety standards and hire an inspector to enforce them in Bangladesh factories where their clothes are manufactured, the company announced Wednesday. Reportedly, this is the first American clothing company to commit to such a program.

The decision came as ABC News chief investigative correspondent Brian Ross prepared a report showing that Hilfiger and other American clothing companies including Gap and Kohl's have continued using Bangladesh factories where deadly incidents have occurred, including one where 29 workers died in a fire last year. (Gap and Kohl's say they are also working on ways to ensure worker safety.)

Ross plans to break the story Wednesday night on “ABC World News With Diane Sawyer,” according to a news release from the network -- which also provided this video -- with more of the investigation airing  on “Nightline.”


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