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Business as usual is not an option : UNI Global Union & industriALL respond

Author: UNI Global Union & industriALL, Published on: 25 May 2014

Business as Usual Is Not an Option: Supply Chains and Sourcing after Rana Plaza...…report makes two key misstatements about the Accord…which lead both to faulty recommendations and to the erroneous conclusion that the Accord and the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety are similar agreements… Report claims that the Accord does not cover factories which are not in a direct sourcing relationship with the brands…Second…the authors assert that the Accord creates no obligation for signatory brands to assist factory owners with the cost of safety renovations and, for all practical purposes, “puts the burden of repair on factory owners…these claims are simply untrue…Report also concludes, erroneously, that the biggest safety risk to workers in Bangladesh is at smaller subcontract factories that have escaped the auditing programs of brands and retailers…This is a major error and it leads to dangerously misguided recommendations.

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