The Accord has expressed "concern" with remediation delays at its factories

The Accord has expressed "concern" with remediation delays at its factories

One of the groups working to improve building and worker safety in the Bangladesh ready-made garment industry has said it is "concerned" with delays in remediation at many of the factories that it has inspected.

At a meeting last week of the steering committee of the Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety, the group said signatory companies and all factories covered by the Accord "need to expedite their efforts to stick to the agreed timelines in the corrective action plans (CAPs) and ensure that any reasons for delays are eliminated."

The steering committee is the governing body of the Accord, which is currently includes representatives of C&A, H&M, Inditex, Otto Group, PVH, Tchibo, global unions IndustriAll and Uni Global, the IndustriAll Bangladesh Council, and the Worker Rights Consortium and the Clean Clothes Campaign.

More than 200 companies have signed the Accord, including Adidas, H&M and Marks & Spencer, following the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory building in Dhaka in 2013, which killed more than 1,100 people.

The committee also highlighted that all 1,500-plus factories covered by the Accord have been inspected since the pact was signed just over two years ago. More than 1,000 Corrective Actions Plans (CAPs) have been developed and safety engineers are conducting more than 200 follow-up inspections per month to monitor and verify the remediation.

In May, the Accord verified the first two fully remediated factories where all safety corrective actions from the initial inspections are complete.

As well as expressing concern about delays in remediation at many inspected factories, the group said it will also step up its own efforts "to accelerate the pace and level of remediation at these factories where execution of the remediation is inadequate or too far behind schedule."

The safety group is also preparing to set up functioning, worker-management Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) committees in its member factories.

"The Accord Steering Committee is determined to ensure that all the Accord signatories fulfil their commitments under the Accord and support factories in their remediation," it stressed.