24 garment & retail brands sourcing from Bangladesh sign on to the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in the country

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5 October 2017

Bangladesh: Human Rights Watch urges govt. to publish reports on fire and building safety inspections of factories

Author: Prothom Alo Bangladesh

"Govt should publish reports on factories it inspects: HRW", 22 Sep 2017

Following a fire in Munshiganj, Human Rights Watch has urged Bangladesh to publish its inspection reports on how factories terminated from the Accord and Alliance are faring...[O]ver the past few years, the accord brands cut ties with 76 garment factories that failed to make their buildings safer. Similarly, the alliance brands terminated business with 158 garment factories. These factories are now the responsibility of government inspectors...Earlier this year, the Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety, a legally binding agreement between clothing brands and unions, was renewed. The accord covers more than 1,600 garment factories. Under the revised agreement, the accord steering committee can opt in textile mills. This means the mills could also be subject to fire and building safety inspections, and management and workers could be trained on safety measures...

 

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9 May 2017

Bangladesh: Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh releases its aggregated quarterly report on remediation progress at apparel factories covered

Author: Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh

Four years on, the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh takes stock of significant improvements and unresolved safety hazards at garment factories in Bangladesh. Entering the final year of the current agreement, a direct financial support program is launched to help factories complete remediation...looking beyond 2018, apparel brands and retailers and unions are in discussions on how to best ensure that safety regulations and safety rights in the RMG industry in Bangladesh are adequately upheld and further developed...key milestones...[include]...Remediation is close to completion at more than 400 Accord factories which have completed more than 90% of the remediation., 65 Factories have completed all remediation from initial inspections, Over 300 joint labour-management Safety Committees are being trained and equipped to monitor factory safety on a day-to-day basis., The independent and credible Accord safety complaints mechanism has resolved more than 90 safety complaints from workers and their representatives.

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12 July 2015

Bangladesh: Accord signs co-operative agreement with Intl. Finance Corporation to provide loans for RMG factory safety improvements

Author: Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh

The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh...conducted....Inspections for fire, structural, and electrical safety...at... RMG...factories. Corrective action plans (CAPs) are developed to identify safety hazards at each factory...The IFC program...will provide $50 million in affordable terms loans to help fund RMG factory safety remediation...The IFC safety remediation loans program will be implemented with 5 Bangladesh partner banks. The Accord will contribute $250,000 to the initiative. The Accord will train the IFC partner banks on Accord inspections and CAPs and share information on remediation monitoring & verification of beneficiary factories. 

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14 May 2013

Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety released [Bangladesh]

Author: IndustriALL Global Union

Ahead of the midnight deadline, at least 24 garment and retail brands sourcing from Bangladesh have agreed to sign on to the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh. IndustriALL, UNI Global Union and their NGO partners are expecting further commitments from brands today…The 24 companies currently confirmed are H&M, Inditex, C&A, PVH, Tchibo, Tesco, Marks & Spencer, Primark, El Corte Inglés, Mango, Carrefour, KiK, Helly Hansen, G-Star, Aldi South, Aldi North, New Look, Mothercare, Next, Loblaws, Sainsbury’s, Benetton, N Brown Group, Stockmann.

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13 May 2013

Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh [Bangladesh]

Author: IndustriALL, UNI Global Union, NGO and union partners including Bangladeshi trade unions

The undersigned parties are committed to the goal of a safe and sustainable Bangladeshi Ready-Made Garment ("RMG") industry in which no worker needs to fear fires, building collapses, or other accidents that could be prevented with reasonable health and safety measures. The signatories to this Agreement agree to establish a fire and building safety program in Bangladesh for a period of five years.

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