Outlining clear plans for factories to improve worker safety, Bangladesh Accord Foundation announces completion of first factory inspection reports

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11 March 2014

Inspection reports

Author: Accord on Fire & Building Safety in Bangladesh

...[D]ownload the PDF reports published for factories. The Key guide is to give an overview of the report. Key Guide: Remediation Ongoing & Corrective Actions Completed

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10 March 2014

Bangladesh Accord Foundation announces completion of first factory inspection reports [Bangladesh]

Author: Accord on Fire & Building Safety In Bangladesh

The Bangladesh Accord Foundation…announced…completion of the first reports detailing the results of factory inspections in Bangladesh. Available online on the Accord website…the reports set out details of current building safety standards in the first Bangladesh garment factories to be inspected and identify necessary steps required to improve the level of safety…reports completed so far are for the first 30 inspections of 10 factories and were conducted in December 2013.

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10 March 2014

Group: 1,500 Bangladesh Factories to Be Inspected [Bangladesh]

Author: Anne D'innocenzio, Associated Press

About 1,500 factories in Bangladesh are on track to be inspected by the end of August as part of a five-year safety pact signed by more than 150 clothing brands and 20 countries... The global agreement, known as the Accord for Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, has been signed by mostly European brands and only a handful of U.S. brands, including Abercrombie & Fitch and PVH Inc., the parent company of Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein…The pact is being backed by labor groups such as the Clean Clothes Campaign and Workers' Rights Consortium. The International Labour Organization acts as the independent chair.

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10 March 2014

Thousands Sacked as Unsafe Bangladesh Factory Forced to Close [Bangladesh]

Author: NTD.TV

Several thousand Bangladeshi garment workers have lost their jobs after their factory was discovered with serious safety problems and shut down… The team of experts ordered the evacuation of…housing clothing firms Softex and Fame Knitting…Softex, a sweater maker and a supplier to French retailer Auchan, shut down immediately...Bangladesh…world's second biggest clothing manufacturer…is the mainstay of the impoverished South Asian nation's economy…The factory was the first to close following the mass inspections organised by dozens of Western retailers such as H&M and Benetton…the retailers agreed to bankroll the safety inspections and loan the money for upgrades.

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9 March 2014

Accord-Alliance inspection team cites three concerns with workers safety [Bangladesh]

Author: Ibrahim Hossain Ovi, Dhaka Tribune

Accord and Alliance have identified three concerns related with workers’ safety in the Bangladesh apparel factories…exceeding the load-bearing of floors, flawed electrical wires and piling of finished goods in the stairs and floors…suggested conducting maintenance of electrical wires, properly managing of loads on each floor and installing fire doors...a review panel asked two factories - Softex and Fame Sweater - to suspend production…directed Jeans Care…take immediate steps to improve safety standards…Accord, a platform of 150 European retailers...inspection involving fire and structural integrity...The issue…came under the spotlight…following the catastrophic incident at the Rana Plaza building collapse that killed over 1,100 workers.

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