Accord Statement on the Need for Immediate Evacuation of Newtech Apparels, Ltd. August 15, 2014
The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh is conducting independent safety inspections at all factories in Bangladesh producing for Accord signatory brands and retailers.
At the factory listed below, the Accord engineers identified “critical findings” during a recent structural inspection.
The Accord is committed to completing initial inspections of all Accord producing factories in order to identify critical life safety issues.
These initial inspections represent a portion of the work of the Accord in Bangladesh. Although critical, identifying the greatest life safety hazards is just the start of a five-year program of factory remediation, establishing factory level health and safety committees, safety monitoring systems, and safety training that will guarantee an on-going safety culture. Workers’ rights and workers’ knowledge of safety, in particular, are essential to maintaining safe factories beyond the four remaining years of the Accord.
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.
SC Minutes Face to Face Amsterdam 10th July 2014
In its first Annual Report for the year ending 31st December, the Accord detailed not only its costs incurred in the early stages of operations but also set out the income and expenditure forecast for the current financial year ending 31st December 2014.
In some areas of the media, this has been inaccurately reported and to a degree mis-interpreted and we have therefore highlighted below the key points of clarification.
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.
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.