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.
The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh is an unprecedented legally-binding agreement between more than 200 global garment brands and retailers and 2 global unions and their national RMG affiliates, covering more than 1500 garment factories. Inspections for fire, structural, and electrical safety have been conducted at all of these factories. Corrective action plans (CAPs) are developed to identify safety hazards at each factory which need to be remediated, how, and by when. Executing remediation at the inspected factories is an enormous task and requires significant resources.
25 June 2015 – Accord Steering Committee Meetings In Bangladesh Focuses On Accelerating Remediation And Strengthening Efforts To Make RMG Factories Safe
The Steering Committee of the Accord held meetings in Dhaka from 22nd to 24th June to discuss progress and ways forward amongst signatory representatives and key Bangladeshi constituents. The Steering Committee reconfirms its commitment to work together with its company and trade union signatories, RMG factories, and other key constituents to implement the Accord agreement and make RMG factories safe.
On Sunday the 31st of May, a fire broke out at Dignity Textile Mills Limited, a factory producing for Accord signatory companies. On the 1st of June, the Accord sent an engineering team to assess the situation and undertake a preliminary investigation.
On 20 May 2015, Accord engineers verified the successful completion of all remediation requirements stemming from the Accord initial inspections at two Accord listed factories in Bangladesh. The first 2 factories to achieve this milestone are: Concord Fashion Export Ltd. and Jeacon
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.
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.