Ac­cord gets 3-year ex­ten­sion in Bangladesh

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Close on heels of Bangladesh Gar­ment Man­u­fac­tur­ers and Ex­porters’ As­so­ci­a­tion (BGMEA) ex­press­ing its open­ness to EU re­tail­ers’ group, Ac­cord on Fire and Build­ing Safety in Bangladesh, con­tin­u­ing its op­er­a­tions in Bangladesh as a mon­i­tor­ing agency be­yond 2018, the Euro­pean Union fash­ion brands, re­tail­ers and global union fed­er­a­tions on Thurs­day re­port­edly an­nounced a new deal named Ac­cord 2018, which in ef­fect will carry on the Ac­cord on Fire and Build­ing Safety in Bangladesh’s re­me­di­a­tion ac­tiv­i­ties in the coun­try’s ready­made gar­ment in­dus­try af­ter May next year when the term for cur­rent Ac­cord ex­pires. INDUSTRIALL Global Union and UNI Global Union, with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from C&A and LC Waikiki, pro­claimed the new agree­ment in Paris re­cently as per me­dia re­ports. The lat­est agree­ment ex­tends in­de­pen­dent, ex­pert build­ing safety in­spec­tions for three more years for all cov­ered fac­to­ries be­sides pre­sent­ing the pos­si­bil­ity to ex­pand the Ac­cord to sec­tors other than the gar­ment in­dus­try in Bangladesh.

The new agree­ment has so far re­port­edly been signed by Kmart Aus­tralia, Tar­get Aus­tralia, Pri­mark, H&M, In­di­tex, C&A,

Otto, KIK, Aldi South, Aldi North, Lidl, Tchibo, LC Waikiki and

Helly Hansen, while an­other eight brands – such as Esprit, Hüren, Best­seller, Wi­bra, Sch­midt Group, N Brown Group, PVH, Spe­cialty Fash­ion Group Aus­tralia have re­port­edly also com­mit­ted to sign­ing it.

It may be men­tioned here that fol­low­ing the Rana Plaza build­ing col­lapse in April 2013, EU re­tail­ers formed the Ac­cord while North Amer­i­can re­tail­ers formed the Al­liance to un­der­take a fiveyear plan, which set time frames and ac­count­abil­ity for in­spec­tions and train­ing and work­ers em­pow­er­ment pro­grammes.

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