Two years ago in May 2013, global garment brands and retailers and 2 global unions and their national RMG affiliates signed an unprecedented agreement to make garment factories safe in Bangladesh. With more than 200 company signatories and 1500 factories covered by the agreement, the Accord is embarked on a large scale effort to identify and resolve all major safety risks in these factories.
Bangladesh Accord newsletter for signatories, factories and other parties interested in the Accord’s factory safety programme.
The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh is committed to total transparency and as such will be publishing all Steering Committee minutes. The brand representatives and labour representatives of the Steering Committee and a witness signatory to the Accord meet quarterly face-to-face and have ad hoc conference calls as needed.
15 April 2015 Meeting (10:30 am – 12:30 pm)
The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh (Accord) held its fifth Advisory Board (AB) meeting on 15 April 2015 in Dhaka. Representatives from IndustriAll RMG trade union federations (IBC-RMG), brands, suppliers, and Bangladesh NGOs/CSOs participated as members. The ILO Country Director served as the neutral Chair of the meeting of the Accord Advisory Board.
To All Accord Inspected Factories
Assessing impact of the 25 April 2015 earthquake in Nepal on RMG factories in Bangladesh.
At approximately 11:30 am local time on Saturday 25 April 2015, an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8 hit Nepal near its capital city Kathmandu. The Accord expresses our deepest sympathies and sadness to the Nepalese people and nation for the destruction, injury, and death this tragedy has caused.
The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh is conducting independent, engineering inspections for fire, electrical, and building structural safety at all factories in Bangladesh producing for Accord signatory brands and retailers.
At a recent inspection of M/S Mega Chois Knitwear Ltd. (118 Baipail, Mosjid Bus Stand, Ashulia, Dhaka), Accord engineers identified extremely serious fire safety concerns. The safety concerns were of such an extent that the building was determined unsafe for production and occupancy until such time that urgent remedial measures were completed.
27 January 201 Meeting (11:00 am – 1:00 pm)
The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh (Accord) held its fourth Advisory Board (AB) meeting on 27 January 2015 in Dhaka. Representatives from the Government of Bangladesh (GoB) – Ministry of Labour and Employment (MoLE), IndustriAll RMG trade union federations (IBC-RMG), brands, suppliers, and Bangladesh NGOs/CSOs participated as members. The ILO Country Director served as the neutral Chair of the meeting of the Accord Advisor y Board. AB member attendance was negatively affected by the recent and continuing blockades of the city and hartals.