Last month, when ABC News’ Brian Ross found Tommy Hilfiger backstage at his fall fashion show, the investigative reporter asked him if he was still manufacturing at a Bangladesh factory where a 2010 fire killed 29 of his workers. Hilfiger’s response: “I can tell you that we no longer make clothes in those factories. We pulled out of all of those factories.” His security team then promptly had Ross and his camera crew ejected from the show.
Hilfiger, ABC News reports, was wrong. Over a year later, his company was still using that same factory.
A few days after the interview, Hilfiger apologized to ABC News for his “mistake”. And now, in advance of a full report tonight on “World News With Diane Sawyer”, Hilfiger and his parent company, Phillips Van Heusen, committed to spending $1 million to “enforce a set of safety reforms demanded by labor rights groups”, which includes hiring an independent fire inspector to improve and enforce fire safety standards at the company.
World News with Diane Sawyer airs tonight at 6:30 ET and Nightline at 11:35 ET on ABC.