The Accord was established in May 2013 as a response to the Rana Plaza collapse

The Accord was established in May 2013 as a response to the Rana Plaza collapse

Two labour rights groups have planned a week of action urging garment brands to sign up to the 2018 Bangladesh Accord ahead of the five year anniversary of the Rana Plaza disaster.

Labour Behind the Label is preparing a week-long 'Brand Hustle' campaign aimed at encouraging brands such as UK supermarket retailer Sainsbury's to sign up to the Bangladesh Accord extension, the so-called 2018 Transition Accord.

Beginning on 23 April, the NGO will send its members a small action each day, which it believes can have a big impact on the firms it says have ignored its calls to become Accord signatories.

Department store retailer Debenhams is the latest to sign up, but among the biggest omissions are Australia's Pacific Brands, German sportswear brand Puma, and Sainsbury's.

Meanwhile, Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) yesterday (17 April) started its week of action to urge brands to sign the Accord – a week ahead of the anniversary of the Rana Plaza collapse.

"First of all we are urging companies that were part of the initial Accord – which is signed by over 220 apparel companies – to renew their commitment to the programme. This includes companies such as Abercrombie & Fitch, Sainsbury's and Gekas Ullared," CCC says.

Abercrombie & Fitch can expect to face a day of action on 21 April, with online and street actions by Clean Clothes Campaign, International Labor Rights Forum, United Students Against Sweatshops and others. Sainsbury's is the last of six targets of a petition started by the platform SumOfUs in February.

The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh was established in May 2013 as a response to the Rana Plaza collapse. More than half of the 220 companies who signed the initial Accord have now committed to the new agreement, set to come into effect when the current programme expires next month.

Clean Clothes Campaign is also urging companies that signed the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety rather than the Accord to now join the programme, including VF Corporation (The North Face, Timberland, Lee, Wrangler), Gap and Walmart.

It adds: "We welcome the option in the 2018 Accord to include factories of home textile, knit and fabric accessories. Clean Clothes Campaign calls upon all companies that have already signed to use this provision to extend the Accord coverage to more workers in their supply chain. Furthermore this opens up the opportunity for companies that produce non-garment textiles, such as Ikea, to join the Accord. We are urging Ikea and other home textile producers to show they care about the safety of their workers in Bangladesh and sign the 2018 Accord."

Click here to see who has signed the new Bangladesh 2018 Accord so far.