Following the formation of the Accord in May 2013, the Directors, Steering Committee, the Executive Leadership team and all Signatories have worked tirelessly to get this ground breaking initiative off the ground and deliver a safe and healthy Bangladeshi RMG sector. For more information on the progress and operations of the Accord please click here to download the annual report in pdf.
The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh (Accord) held its second Advisory Board (AB) meeting on 3 July 2014 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. The 2 factory owner members of the AB were unable to attend reportedly due to production pressures with the Ramadan period.
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Steering Committee (the “SC”)
The SC is the executive decision-making body of the Foundation. It exercises all powers of the Foundation, including but not limited to:
- selection, contracting, compensation and review of the performance of the Chief Safety Inspector, Executive Director – International Operations and the Executive Director – Bangladesh Operations.
- oversight and approval of the Budget;
- oversight of financial reporting and hiring of auditors;
- oversight and approval of inspection program;
- such other functions as are provided in the Accord; and
- other such management duties as may be required
The Steering Committee of the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh has written to these Ministers to express concern regarding comments made on the work of the Accord and of the Industrial Bangladesh Council (IBC). The letter dated 28th June is available here.
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 (the Accord) has taken note of Reuters’ article of June 24, 2014 titled “Insight – Inspection tensions add to Bangladesh garment industry’s woes”. The Accord would like to correct two wholly inaccurate portrayals made in the article about the quality of the inspections and the obligation of Accord signatory brands to financially support remediation.
The Accord inspection teams consist of highly professional, internationally renowned engineers who perform their jobs very seriously. The Accord notes that Reuters was provided the opportunity to accompany an inspection visit and see how the inspection teams operate. The confirmed Reuters reporter declined to show up.
Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh announces publication of factory inspection reports and presents filmed footage from Accord safety inspections
Just over one year ago in May 2013, ready-made garment (RMG) industry global brands and retailers and 2 global unions and their national RMG affiliates signed an unprecedented agreement to make RMG factories safe in Bangladesh. The Accord has made good progress since. More than 180 brands and retailers are now part of the Accord. More than 800 inspections for fire, electrical and structural safety have been completed. This week, the Accord has disclosed inspection reports and corrective action plans (CAPs) of 50 factories. The Accord will continue to disclose all reports and CAPs in the coming weeks and months.
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. The statement found here details a case in which ‘Critical Findings’ were found in an Accord Factory inspection.
One year ago today, 17 ready-made garment (RMG) industry global brands and retailers and 2 global unions and their national RMG affiliates signed an unprecedented agreement to make RMG factories safe in Bangladesh. One year later, 172 global brands and retailers from Europe, North America, Asia, and Australia have joined the legally binding Accord. Together, we are building a safe garment industry in Bangladesh.
The work of the Accord is not complete until the RMG factories are safe. With its operations on the ground since mid-November 2013, the Accord has a full inspections program underway to identify fire, electrical, and building safety hazards at Accord brand producing factories. With more than 550 factories inspected, the program is well on its way to achieve its goal to have 1500 factories inspected by the end of September 2014.