Accord cuts ties with five more garment factories
The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh has terminated business relations with five more garment factories after they either failed to implement workplace safety measures or cooperate with inspections.
In separate statements, the Accord said it has cut ties with Calvin Fashion Limited, Jaycee's Apparels Ltd, Alpha Knit Apparels Ltd and Sincere Knit Garments Ltd, due to the suppliers' failure to implement workplace safety measures. It has also ended its relationship with Copper Co. Ltd after it refused to cooperate with the Accord inspections.
The Accord is in the process of conducting independent, engineering inspections for fire, electrical, and building structural safety at all factories in Bangladesh producing for its member companies.
As of November, around 2,185 factories had been inspected by the Accord, which is backed by global unions and mostly-European companies, and the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, which is made up of North American brands and retailers.
The Accord oversees the development of Corrective Action Plans (CAPs) by factories and its signatories and monitors remediation through follow-up verification visits. It also provides technical advice and developing resources and guidance during remediation, with support from member companies.
Where corrective actions to eliminate safety hazards are identified, the factory is required to implement these according to a schedule that is mandatory and time-bound, the Accord explains.
If a supplier fails to implement these corrective actions and cooperate fully in the Accord's inspection and related programmes, the factory will receive notice and warning that its business with Accord signatory companies will be terminated if non-compliance persists. The Accord adds that if the notice and warning process does not lead to sufficient progress, business relations with the supplier will be terminated by signatory companies.
The move comes a month after the Accord cut business relations with Chittagong-based garment supplier Sadaf Fashions after it refused to implement workplace safety measures.
More than 220 companies have now signed the Accord following the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory building in Dhaka, which killed more than 1,100 people in 2013.
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