Frequently Asked Questions


2018 Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh
1. What is the 2018 Accord?
2. When will the Transition Accord enter into effect and when will it expire?
3. Why have the global unions and company signatories agreed on extending the current Accord after May 2018?
4. What is the fee structure for the 2018 Accord?
5. What is new under the 2018 Accord?
6. What amendments have been made to existing articles in the 2013 Accord?
7. Will the Accord transition to a national regulatory body?
8. Does the scope of the 2018 Accord extend to other industries than RMG?
9. How is the Freedom of Association covered under the 2018 Accord?
10. How will the Safety Committee and Safety Training program be implemented under the 2018 Accord?
11. Are affected workers’ regular income and severance benefits protected under the 2018 Accord?
12. How can a brand sign up to the 2018 Accord?
13. Which brands have already signed up to the 2018 Accord?
14. Is the purpose of the 2018 Accord to give covered factories that have already been inspected more time to complete remediation?
15. Under which conditions are brands released of their responsibility for factory remediation?
16. Can the agreement be terminated by signatory companies?
2013 Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh

Inactive Remediation Fund

1. What is the inactive factory remediation fund?
2. Who can apply for the fund?
3. Why is the fund limited to inactive factories?
4. How much funding is available for factories?
5. Who will decide how much funding will made available?
6. Against which criteria will the accord review applications?
7. How will the accord verify utilization of the funds?
8. What happens in case of misuse of funds or failure to remediate?


9. What is the Accord?
10. What is the aim of the Accord?
11. How much will it cost us as a brand to sign up to the Accord?


12. What happens if an inspection shows that a building is unsafe?
13. What happens if the factory owner refuses to suspend manufacturing?
14. What happens if a company that has signed the Accord decides to pull out their business from Bangladesh?
15. Does the Accord recognise the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety?
16. How would the Accord ensure that small and medium-sized Companies’ needs are represented within the Accord?
17. What does the agreement between the Accord and the Fair Factories Clearinghouse cover?
18. What is the Accord’s position on unauthorised sub-contracting?

© 2017 Accord on Fire and Building Safety In Bangladesh