Safety Committee Training Program Update

Dear all,

The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh is pleased to announce that the Safety Committee Training Program commenced at more than 840 Accord covered RMG factories. Functioning Safety Committees are key to ensuring that factories become – and stay – safe by conducting factory safety checks, responding to health and safety complaints, and getting information to workers on workplace safety.

Progress as of 1 December:
•844 factories participating in the Safety Committee Training Program
•805 All Employee Meetings, making for 1,820,771 worker contacts
•Safety Committee Training Curriculum completed at 169 factories

Highlights of the Safety Committee Training Program

Factory walk-throughs: enabling Safety Committee participation in inspections
Following their first Safety Monitoring training session, the factory Safety Committee together with the Accord trainer conduct a walk-through of the factory to identify actual or potential safety hazards, that are then reported to the Factory Management. Most of the issues found during these factory walk-throughs relate to inadequate use of machines, improper maintenance of fire and electrical equipment, obstacles on the work floor, or poor ventilation and lighting.

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Head of Monitoring

The Accord is looking for a Head of Monitoring to join the Accord Amsterdam office.

About the Bangladesh Accord
The aim of the Bangladesh Accord is to make the RMG sector in Bangladesh safe and sustainable, where no worker needs to fear fires, building collapses or other accidents that could be prevented with reasonable safety and health measures.

The Accord was established in 2013 as an independent, legally binding agreement between apparel brands and retailers and trade unions. It was formed in the immediate aftermath of the Rana Plaza building collapse that led to the death of more than 1100 people and injured more than 2000. The agreement was renewed in June 2017 with a successor agreement known as the Transition Accord. The Transition Accord will enter into effect in May 2018 and is set to expire on 31 May 2021, unless a joint monitoring committee (comprised of Accord company signatories, Accord trade union signatories, BGMEA, ILO and the Bangladesh government) agrees that a set of rigorous conditions for a handover to a national regulatory body have been met prior to 31 May 2021.

This new position of Head of Monitoring is an exciting opportunity to join an unprecedented initiative at an important time as we monitor remediation completion at over 1600 inspected factories under the 2013 Accord and prepare to implement the Transition Accord.
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Data Systems Manager

The Accord is looking for a Data Systems Manager to join the Accord Amsterdam office.

About the Bangladesh Accord
The aim of the Bangladesh Accord is to make the RMG sector in Bangladesh safe and sustainable, where no worker needs to fear fires, building collapses or other accidents that could be prevented with reasonable safety and health measures.

The Accord was established in 2013 as an independent, legally binding agreement between apparel brands and retailers and trade unions. It was formed in the immediate aftermath of the Rana Plaza building collapse that led to the death of more than 1100 people and injured more than 2000. The agreement was renewed in June 2017 with a successor agreement known as the Transition Accord. The Transition Accord will enter into effect in May 2018 and is set to expire on 31 May 2021, unless a joint monitoring committee (comprised of Accord company signatories, Accord trade union signatories, BGMEA, ILO and the Bangladesh government) unanimously agrees that a set of rigorous conditions for a handover to a national regulatory body have been met prior to 31 May 2021.

This new position of Data Systems Manager is a great opportunity to join an unprecedented initiative and play a key role in shaping the information systems which underpin effective Accord implementation.
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Statement on Fire and Fatality at Plummy Fashions Ltd.

It is with great sadness that the Accord has learned that on 9 November 2017, a worker died after suffering extensive burns in a fire which occurred six days earlier at the Accord covered factory Plummy Fashions Ltd., located in North Norshingpur, Kashipur, Fatullah, Narayangonj.

The Accord expresses our deepest sympathies and condolences to the victim’s family. The Accord sent a fire engineer to the factory on 7 November to conduct a post-fire inspection.
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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