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23 Nov 2016

Bangladesh: Report alleges Alliance of endorsing garment factories despite safety concerns, Alliance disputes findings

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The report titled Dangerous Delays on Worker Safety concludes that Alliance for Bangladesh Workers Safety is concealing its lack of action and overstating its remediation progress, while retailers are failing to fulfil their commitment to make garment factories safe. The investigation identified 175 factories which supply both Accord and Alliance. It found the Accord inspection report detailed more than half as still not having appropriate fire exits, an approved fire alarm system or as having major structural problems. On the Alliance website, meanwhile, the report states that many of the listed factories are listed as "on track" in remediating safety hazards. The Alliance disputed the report’s findings, saying it relied on inaccurate and outdated information. Scott Nova, executive director of the Worker Rights Consortium, defended the report’s methodology. While the group has also been critical of Accord factories, Nova said the H&M-led group had moved to address issues more quickly than the Alliance group and credited their greater transparency for the difference.