Bangladesh: NGOs raise concerns about flaws in TÜV Rheinland's Rana Plaza social audit report

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Company response
28 July 2015

TÜV Rheinland response

Author: TÜV Rheinland

Given the ongoing process, we are able to respond to the following : Immediately after the tragic accident on 24 April 2013, we have publicy acknowledged that we have carried out a social audit by the BSCI standard in the companies mentioned . The result of this audit was a report , which names deficiencies and calls for improvements. We have not examined the stability of the building , because such an investigation of building security and static is not the subject of inspections by the BSCI standard.  You will find further detailed information on our work in verifying social standards in our basic press materials online: www.tuv.com/pruefer-pruefen

This is an unofficial translation by the Business & Human Resource Centre. Please see the original response in German here.

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7 July 2015

Complaint to Business Social Compliance Initiative also raises concerns about its certification system

Author: European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR)

Certificates attesting to safety and working conditions in the textile industry are good for a corporation’s image but are of little use to those working in global production and supply chains. This was made all too clear by the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory complex in Dhaka (Bangladesh) which killed more than 1,130 people and left more than 2.500 injured on 24 April 2013. German technical inspection company TÜV Rheinland audited the Phantom Apparel Ltd. production facilities just a few months before the catastrophe. The German certification company failed to address building safety and construction flaws and a number of other problems were not inspected adequately. TÜV Rheinland was appointed as auditor by a member of the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI). The BSCI is a corporate platform based in part on the standards of the International Labor Organization (ILO) and is supposed inter alia to monitor and improve safety and working conditions in production countries...

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