Several leading brands across the globe have reacted on the fire that recently engulfed India’s Nandan Denim, reporting loss of 7 workers’ life. The company, a leading Indian denim producer, used to export to around 20 countries.
The company hasn’t responded to any of the mails or phone calls of Apparel Resources, since Saturday (8 February), when the untoward incident took place.
As reported by Western media, some of the US and multinational companies listed on the website said they were not actually customers, and many issued statements that strongly condemned dangerous work sites.
Inditex, parent company of Zara, accepted that Nandan Denim has produced 10,000 pairs of jeans for another of its brands, Lefties.
Ralph Lauren said that the company has no production in Nandan’s factory in Ahmedabad and is in the process of ending a ‘limited and declining business’ at another of company’s factories.
Target also said that it has never had any relationship with Nandan Denim.
Joe Fresh (Canada’s Loblaw Companies Ltd.) claimed that Nandan Denim is not a supplier and doesn’t make products for the brand. Though it is being said that one of the approved suppliers of the brand has purchased a good amount of denim from Nandan.
Nandan Terry (Nandan Denim’s sister concern) is also a supplier of home furnishing products to many US retailers like Walmart and H&M. These companies have said that they would look into the situation.
Kontoor Brands, the maker of Wrangler jeans, said they last worked with the factory in 2014. The brand said, “Our thoughts are with the workers and their families impacted by the tragedy.
Meanwhile, Chiripal Group (Parent Company of Nandan Denim) MD, Jyoti Chiripal; CEO, Deepak Chiripal; Head of Shirting Department, BC Patel; DGM, HM Patel; Director, PK Sharma and Fire Safety Officer, Ravikant Sinha are booked by the police and one of the directors and two senior officials of the company have been arrested.
[Also read: 7 workers die in fire at Nandan Denim].