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September 20, 2018

Who has signed the Bangladesh Transition Accord – Update

192 companies have now signed the '2018 Accord' or 'Transition Accord' Bangladesh worker safety pact – with Holland House Fashion and ICA Sweden among the latest to commit. Here we list the signatories so far.

By Beth Wright

192 companies have now signed the ‘2018 Accord’ or ‘Transition Accord’ Bangladesh worker safety pact – with Holland House Fashion and ICA Sweden among the latest to commit. Here we list the signatories so far.

The 2018 Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh – the so-called ‘2018 Accord’ or ‘Transition Accord’ – was set up to extend the work already carried out by the original Accord, which came into effect following the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory building in Dhaka in 2013 to oversee building and worker safety. Its five-year term came to an end in May 2018.

The agreement extends the legally-binding commitment to factory safety in Bangladesh. It also strengthens the original Accord by expanding the work to other related facilities where there are significant safety issues, such as knitting, spinning and weaving; washing, dyeing and printing facilities; embroidery and accessories; home textiles; leather and footwear. In addition, the 2018 Accord includes new references to Freedom of Association and a complaints protocol to cover the right of workers to protect their own safety.

Pressure on more brands and retailers to commit to the ‘2018 Accord’ appears to be paying off, with 192 companies having done so to date. 

Among the latest companies to commit to the new agreement are Holland House Fashion, ICA Sweden, Avon Cosmetics, Face to Face, Florett Textil, and LowLand Fashion International. Also onboard are German sportswear maker Puma, UK supermarket group Sainsbury’s, Debenhams, Next, Fast Retailing, Marks & Spencer, Woolworths Australia, Helly Hansen, and Arcadia Group – nine firms previously named as among the biggest omissions.

Other recent signatories include Malta’s Padma Textiles, underwear and swimwear brand L. ten Cate, Finnish retailing conglomerate Kesko, the Netherlands’ Verburgt Fashion, sportswear brand Intersport, US clothing brand Bearbottom Clothing, which donates a pair of shorts to a child in need in Bangladesh for every item it sells, Turkish denim manufacturer Mavi, Belgian clothing brand Vegotex, UK clothing retailer Fat Face, HanesBrands-owned Knights Apparel, online children’s sports apparel manufacturer Outerstuff, and fashion retailer Shop Direct.

Among the biggest omissions are Australia’s Pacific Brands. 

There are warnings that without collective and ongoing support, efforts to finish the task of remediating all worker safety issues will lose impetus – leading to increased risk for the brands, retailers, and investors who are connected to the long-term sustainability of the sector.

Below is a list of the signatories as of 20 September 2018.

For a list of companies that signed the original Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, click on the following link:

Who has signed the Bangladesh safety accord

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