BANGLADESH: Garment Factory Safety Accord Extended to 2023
02 September 2021
An existing agreement on labour safety standards between the country’s textile manufacturers and a number of international fashion brands has been renamed and extended for two years, while its scope has also been broadened. Formerly known as the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, the new agreement – the International Accord for Health and Safety in the Textile and Garment Industry – will run until 31 October 2023 and continues to make fashion brands liable for any non-compliance with labour safety standards on the part of their Bangladesh-based suppliers.
In addition to the requirements of the original accord, the updated agreement also includes commitments to enhancing Bangladesh’s health and safety programme, building a credible industry-wide compliance and accountability mechanism; extending the scope of its human rights-related due diligence process; and introducing a streamlined arbitration process as a means on enforcing the specified protocols.
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