Bangladesh safety accord unveils its website - provides information on factory's infrastructure & workers

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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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2 August 2015

Where Did You Get That Dress?: Bangladesh Two Years on From Rana Plaza

Author: Shannon K. O'Neil, Council on Foreign Relations

On April 24, 2013, the Rana Plaza factory...collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh...Rana Plaza highlights both the best and the worst of what globalization and global supply chains bring to developing countries...This trade has helped fundamentally change Bangladeshi society, in many ways for the better...Yet the industry also pays poorly and restricts union membership. Workers routinely suffer from respiratory diseases, injuries, and even death...The often blatant disregard for labor rights and safety standards comes in part from the way these supply chains function...The response to the Rana Plaza collapse also underscores the good and the bad of this global commercial connectedness...As Bangladesh struggles to improve wages and working conditions, the public and private sectors worry about losing the industry and its jobs.

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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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13 October 2014

Bangladesh: 1106 garment factories inspected, 80000 safety issues identified, 400 corrective action plans finalized

Author: Accord on Fire & building Safety in Bangladesh

…[I]nitial inspections of Accord producing factories have been completed within the agreed timeline of end September 2014.  Out of 1106 factories inspected, over 400 Corrective Action Plans (CAPs) have been finalised by the factories and company signatories, as well as being approved by the Accord Chief Safety Inspector (CSI). More than 80,000 safety issues were identified that need to be resolved. Many of the corrective actions such as reducing weight loads and adhering to load management plans are already being implemented and monitored. The Accord inspections have also identified more substantial safety requirements such as installing fire doors and automated fire alarm systems, establishing fire protected exits from factory buildings, and strengthening of columns in the buildings.

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9 October 2013

New Casualties in Bangladesh Garment Factory Underscore that "Business as Usual" is Unacceptable, Say Investors

Author: Interfaith Center for Corporate Responsibility

As news broke today of yet another fire in a Bangladesh garment factory, members of an investor coalition coordinated by the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility announced that they are actively engaging the apparel brands and retailers they hold, reiterating the urgent need for them to commit to join the Bangladesh Accord which seeks to protect workers from fire and safety hazards: Adidas; Aeropostale;
Ann; ASOS; Coach; Columbia Sportswear; Compagnie Financière Richemont; Dillard’s; Foot Locker; Guess; Hugo Boss; AG; Iconix; L Brands; Li & Fung; Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy; Lululemon Athletica; Men’s Warehouse; Nike; Ralph Lauren; Ross Stores; Urban Outfitters.

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7 October 2013

Accord on fire & building safety in Bangladesh [Bangladesh]

Author: Bangladesh Accord Foundation

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3 October 2013

Bangladesh Safety Accord Publishes Unprecedented Wealth of Factory Data [Bangladesh]

Author: IndustriAll

The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh today made public a list of nearly 1,600 factories covered by the pact, employing more than 2 million workers. The list includes information, pertinent to assessing building safety, some of which has never previously been disclosed in the apparel industry…The Accord…launch a new website…on which the factory data…will be posted for easy public access. The website will also include additional information on the ongoing progress and operational work of the Accord, including a detailed Q&A section. Regular Accord updates will be found on Twitter by following @bangaccord…the website is…www.bangladeshaccord.org.

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