hide message

Hello! Welcome to the Resource Centre.

We hope you find our free tools and resources useful. Did you know we also work directly with community advocates, providing them with the skills and resources to document corporate human rights abuses and effectively communicate with business?

This is only possible through generous donations from people like you.

Please consider supporting our work.

Thank you,
Phil Bloomer, Executive Director

Donate now hide message

You are being redirected to the story the piece of content is found in so you can read it in context. Please click the following link if you are not automatically redirected within a couple seconds:
en/bangladesh-accord-on-fire-building-safety-to-cease-operations-in-country-by-end-of-nov-2018-unless-govt-grants-extension#c180253

Bangladesh: Accord: blessing turns burden?

Author: Refayet Ullah Mirdha, Daily Star, Bangladesh, Published on: 5 December 2018

"Accord: blessing turns burden?", 28 November 2018

The call for suspending the operations of the Accord, an inspection and remediation platform of more than 200 global clothing retailers and brands, has been getting louder as garment factory owners are being forced to spend several billion dollars to improve workplace safety. It comes despite international community's call for its continuation.

...over the years, [Accord] has turned into “a nightmare from a blessing,” putting “excessive” pressure on factories to spend billions of dollars on compliance issues even as apparel prices fall, exporters say...[The Ready-Made Garment exporters interviewed by The Daily Star] do not want any more extension for the Accord...“The factories bear all the brunt of additional expenses while the signatory brands keep on bargaining for cheaper prices. It is as if owners alone are responsible for improving the workplace conditions while the buyers will not spend a single penny for the purpose,” said [one] factory owner...

[The] research director at the Centre for Policy Dialogue, said he was in favour of a brief extension of the Accord [to] give the local inspection body, Remediation Coordination Cell (RCC)...some time before it becomes fully functional... [The] president of Sommilito Garments Shomik Federation, a workers' rights group, supports the idea... [The] Commerce Minister...said, “We don't need them anymore.”...

Read the full post here