As the end of the Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety’s mandate draws near, with only 100 days remaining, brands and retailers are being urged to sign the renewed Accord for three more years.
The global union signatories to the Accord, IndustriALL and UNI, and the four witness signatories, Clean Clothes Campaign, International Labor Rights Forum, Maquila Solidarity Network and Worker Rights Consortium, are calling on the garment companies that have not yet signed the renewed 2018 Accord to do so as soon as possible.
To date, 109 companies out of the over 200 signatories to the 2013 Accord have signed on. Key companies that have not yet done so include: Marks and Spencer, Next, Sainsbury’s, Metro Group, and Abercrombie & Fitch.
The global unions and witness signatories are also calling on companies that participated in the industry-led Alliance on Bangladesh Worker Safety to sign on to the renewed Accord.
This updated version of the Accord will continue to perform independent safety inspections of thousands of garment factories employing over 2 million workers, and those workers will continue to receive health and safety training and have access to an effective complaint process.