The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh has severed ties with another seven ready-made garment suppliers after they failed to implement workplace safety measures.

In separate statements, the Accord said it has terminated business with Haesong Group (Haesong Corporation Ltd and Haesong Sweater Ltd), Tuba Garments Ltd, Rock Knitwears Ltd, Riverside Apparels, MS Attires Ltd, Anam Garments Ltd and Ashulia Apparels.

All off the factories were inspected for fire, electrical and structural safety by the Accord in 2014, but failed to make adequate progress in CAP implementation. They will not be allowed to produce for Accord signatory companies until they meet the conditions for requalification.

The moves come as the Accord continues to conduct independent engineering inspections for fire, electrical, and building structural safety at all factories in Bangladesh producing for its member companies.

In October and September, the Accord terminated business with a total of ten ready-made garment suppliers.

The group in June said around 63% of identified safety issues reported or verified had been fixed, 80% of identified electrical issues reported or verified had been fixed, and 15 factories had completed all remediation from initial inspections. However, this is of a total of more than 1,600 factories that supply signatories including Benetton, C&A, Debenhams, H&M, Inditex and Marks & Spencer.

The Accord last month confirmed its members are in discussions over whether the group will extend its stay in the country after the 2018 deadline in order to complete its remediation work.

Bangladesh Accord in talks on post-2018 extension