The new 2018 Accord agreement extends the legally-binding commitment to factory safety in Bangladesh

The new '2018 Accord' agreement extends the legally-binding commitment to factory safety in Bangladesh

186 companies have now signed the new Bangladesh worker safety pact – the '2018 Accord' or 'Transition Accord' – with Australian apparel retailer The Just Group, and non-profit organisation Global Impact among the latest to commit.  Here we list the signatories so far.

The new 2018 Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh – the so-called '2018 Accord' or 'Transition Accord' – extends the work already carried out by the original five-year Accord, which was set up following the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory building in Dhaka in 2013 to oversee building and worker safety.

Intended as a three-year arrangement, the '2018 Transition Accord' was last month given an extension to its mandate by the Bangladesh government in a move that now means it will operate through 30 November 2018.

The new 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 186 companies having done so to date. 

Among the latest companies to commit to the new agreement are Australian apparel retailer The Just Group, and non-profit organisation Global Impact. 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 2 August 2018.

COMPANY GLOBAL HEADQUARTERS
A&M HolmbergFinland
AdidasGermany
Åhléns/LagerhausSweden
Aldi NorthGermany
Aldi SouthGermany
Alma Mater WearUS
America TodayNetherlands
American Eagle OutfittersUS
APG and CoAustralia
Arcadia GroupUK
Artsana (Chicco)Italy
AuchanFrance
Baumhueter InternationalGermany
Bel&BoBelgium
Bearbottom ClothingUS
Bel-confectBelgium
BenettonItaly
BestsellerDenmark
BonmarcheUK
BrandCo ManagementUK
Brands FashionGermany
Brüzer SportsgearCanada
C&AGermany
CamaïeuFrance
CarrefourFrance
Casino Global SourcingHong Kong
Cencosud Paris and JohnsonFrance
Cencosud SupermercadosChile
ChantalFrance
Cherokee/Hi-Tec SportsUS
Chicca Body-FashionGermany
ComtexSri Lanka
CoolCatNetherlands
Coop DanmarkDenmark
Cotton On GroupAustralia
Dansk Supermarked GroupDenmark
Daytex ModeGermany
DebenhamsUK
DeltexGermany
DesignworksAustralia
DesigualSpain
DISTRA Warenhandelsgesellschaft Germany
DK CompanyDenmark
DPDB GroupNetherlands
Edinburgh Woollen MillUK
El Corte Inglés Spain
Ellos GroupSweden
E LeclercFrance
Ernsting's Family Germany
EspritHong Kong
Emergo Textile Projects BV (ETP)Netherlands
Euro Shoe GroupNetherlands
FashionbridgePoland
Fast RetailingJapan
Fat Face UK
Fipo GroupDenmark
Forever NewAustralia
FristadsSweden
Fruit of the LoomUS
Gebra Non-foodGermany
Gekås Ullared Sweden
G. Güldenpfennig Germany
G-StarNetherlands
Gina TricotSweden
Global ImpactUS
H&MSweden
HakroGermany
Hanson Im- und Export Germany
Heinrich Obermeyer Germany
HemtexSweden
Helly HansenNorway
HemaNetherlands
HKG Garment SolutionGermany
HorizonteGermany
Hugo BossGermany
HunkemöllerNetherlands
Hüren OHGGermany
ID IdentityDenmark
Inditex (Zara)Spain
IntersportSweden
JBCNetherlands
JogiloBelgium
John LewisUK
Julius HüpedenGermany
Juritex Import & Export GmbHGermany
KappAhlNorway
KarstadtGermany
KeskoFinland
Kid InteriorNorway
KiKGermany
Kiltec SportGermany
Klaus HerdingGermany
Kmart AustraliaAustralia
Knights ApparelUS
KromtexDenmark
L. ten CateNetherlands
LC WaikikiTurkey
Licensing Essentials Pty LtdAustralia
LidlGermany
LoblawCanada
LPPPoland
MainpolGermany
Madness SportGreece
MangoSpain
Marks & SpencerUK
MatalanUK
MaviTurkey
Mayoral ModaSpain
Metro GroupGermany
Miss EtamNetherlands
MonoprixFrance
MorrisonsUK
MothercareUK
MS ModeNetherlands
N BrownUK
New Agenda by PerrinUS
New FrontierGermany
New LookUK
NextUK
Oceania Trading AsiaUK
New Wave GroupSweden
O'NeillNetherlands
Olymp Bezner Germany
OrsayGermany
Outerstuff LtdUS
OttoGermany
OVSItaly
Padma TextilesMalta
Paprika CassisLuxembourg
Peak Performance Sweden
Prénatal Moeder & KindNetherlands
Prenatal Retail Group (Prenatal: BimboStore; Mawi)Italy
PrimarkUK
Princess GruppenNorway
PumaGerman
PVHUS
PWT BrandsDenmark
Rawe Moden Germany
Reclaimed SticksUS
ReimaFinland
Retail Holdings Curaçao
Rewe GroupGermany
River IslandUK
RNB Retail and BrandsSweden
s.Oliver Bernd FreierGermany
Sainsbury'sUK
SandrydsSweden
Schmidt GroupHong Kong
ShoebyNetherlands
Shop DirectUK
Schijvens Confectiefabriek HilvarenbeekNetherlands
Specialty Fashion GroupAustralia
Stadium ABSweden
Star Brands ApparelUK
Stockmann GroupFinland
Suprema Strick- und WirkwarenfabrikGermany
TakkoGermany
Tally WeijlSwitzerland
Target AustraliaAustralia
TchiboGermany
TescoUK
Tex AllianceDenmark
Texsport BVNetherlands
The Just Group Australia
The Sting House of Brands Netherlands
Top Grade InternationalHong Kong
Transmarina Handelsgesellschaft Germany
TVM EuropeGermany
Uhlsport GmbHGermany
Uncle SamGermany
Van der ErveBelgium
VarnerNorway
VegotexBelgium
Verburgt Fashion Netherlands
VettaUS
Voice Norge ASNorway
WE Europe BVNetherlands
Wibra SupermarktNetherlands
Woolworths AustraliaAustralia
Workwear Group Pty LtdAustralia
Wünsche GroupGermany
W RepublicUS
Yongo Europe Netherlands
Y'OrganicNetherlands
ZeemanNetherlands
Zephyr HeadwearUS

Source: IndustriAll

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