Accord Press Release 4 Year Anniversary

Workplace safety in Bangladesh garment industry significantly improved after 4 years of Accord agreement

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.
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Accord Statement on the April 2013 Rana Plaza building collapse

Today marks the passage of 4 years since the tragic collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh which took the lives of more than 1100 people and injured many more. Our thoughts remain with the victims and their relatives of this disaster. With the passage of time, we must remain vigilant to prevent a return to tolerance for unsafe workplaces in the Bangladeshi Ready-Made Garment industry. Every day, the Accord is driven to ensure that RMG factories in Bangladesh are made safe and stay safe.
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Advisory Board Meeting Report

The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh (Accord) held its eleventh Advisory Board (AB) meeting on 12 March 2017 in Dhaka. Representatives from supplier factories, sourcing agents, the Ministry of Labour (DIFE), IndustriAll RMG trade union federations (IBC-RMG), Accord signatory brands, and Bangladesh NGOs/CSOs participated in the discussions. The ILO RMG Project Manager served as the neutral Chair of the meeting of the Accord Advisory Board.

You can download Advisory Board Meeting Report here

Letter to PM Hasina on Response to Ashulia Wage Protests

Letter by the Steering Committee members of the Accord on Fire & Building Safety in Bangladesh to the Honorable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. The Accord is deeply concerned by the Government’s response to the recent RMG industry unrest and wage protests in Ashulia, including recent detentions and termination from employment of individuals with union affiliation and who promote workers’ rights. The Accord requests the Office of the Prime Minister to take immediate action to ensure that RMG workers’ rights are protected and that any associated cases of unjust detention, employment termination, and/or fundamental rights violations be urgently rectified consistent with the law and ILO Conventions.

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Advisory Board Meeting Report

The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh (Accord) held its tenth Advisory Board (AB) meeting on 17 November 2016 in Dhaka. Representatives from supplier factories, sourcing agents, the Ministry of Labour (DIFE), IndustriAll RMG trade union federations (IBC-RMG), Accord signatory brands, and Bangladesh NGOs/CSOs participated in the discussions. The ILO RMG Project Manager served as the neutral Chair of the meeting of the Accord Advisory Board.

You can download Advisory Board Meeting Report here

Advisory Board Meeting Report

16 August 2016 Meeting (11:00 am – 12:30 pm)

The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh (Accord) held its ninth Advisory Board (AB) meeting on 16 April 2016 in Dhaka. Representatives from supplier factories, sourcing agents, the Ministry of Labour (DIFE), IndustriAll RMG trade union federations (IBC-RMG), Accord signatory brands, and Bangladesh NGOs/CSOs participated in the discussions. The ILO Deputy Country Director served as the neutral Chair of the meeting of the Accord Advisory Board.

You can download Advisory Board Meeting Report here

Newsletter July 2016

Bangladesh Accord newsletter for signatories, factories and other parties interested in the Accord’s factory safety programme.

Inspections
The Accord now has more than 100 engineers on staff, conducting between 400 and 500 follow-up inspections each month. Each factory is on average visited once every three months.

Company signatories and factories can expect an initial inspection within 3 to 4 months after a factory is first listed with the Accord.
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