Accord gets 3-year extension in Bangladesh
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.