Smart Group RMG factories removed from terminated suppliers list

Smart Group RMG factories removed from Accord list of terminated suppliers to comply with the interim order of the High Court Division of Bangladesh.

13 November 2017

The Accord has removed the Smart Group RMG factories from the list of terminated suppliers in accordance with a recent interim Order of the High Court Division of Bangladesh.

Smart Group was terminated by the Accord in April 2016 for falsifying concrete strength test results to report higher than actual strength. After termination, Smart Group initiated legal proceedings which are now pending hearing before the High Court Division of Bangladesh.

2 similar cases were filed in the Dutch Courts by a joint venture partner of Smart Group. The Dutch Courts denied the petitioners’ claims in both of these cases.

Accord Continuation Beyond May 2018

Bangladesh Accord Safety Program Will Continue

National Government Has Extended the Accord’s Permission to Operate Beyond May 2018

Accord Will Depart Bangladesh When Local Regulatory Body Demonstrates Full Capacity to Inspect Factories, Compel Remedies, and Protect Workers
The Government of Bangladesh has agreed that the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh (the Accord) will continue to operate in Bangladesh until a set of rigorous readiness conditions are met by local regulatory bodies.

This agreement was reached at meetings on 19 October between brand and trade union signatories to the Accord, the BGMEA, and the Bangladesh Ministers of Commerce and Labour. The Accord is ready to continue operations beyond May 2018 as all parties recognize, substantial additional capacity-building is necessary before responsibility to protect workers in factories producing for Accord signatory brands can be responsibly handed over to a national regulatory body.
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Advisory Board Meeting Report

The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh (Accord) held its twelfth Advisory Board (AB) meeting on 23 August 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

Statement on Business Termination with Arion Dresses Limited and Klarion Designs Ltd.

28 August 2017

Statement on the termination of Accord signatory companies’ business relations with Arion Dresses Limited, Adhunik Chalk Super Market (3rd floor), Chalk bazar, Chittagong, Bangladesh, and Klarion Designs Ltd., City Corporation Shopping Complex, Chittagong, Bangladesh, due to the suppliers’ failure to implement workplace safety measures.

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