The global fashion brands and retailers on Monday announced to cut business relations with five more readymade garment factories in Bangladesh taking the total number to 150 as the factories failed to make required progress in remediation for ensuring workplace safety.
Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, the platform of EU brands and retailers, in its statement on Monday said that the five factories were inspected for fire, electrical and structural safety by the Accord in 2014 and the factory owner continued to fail to implement the remediation process.
The factories are: Mithun Knitting and Dyeing, Intercare Ltd and Goldmart Apparels (Pvt) Ltd in Chittagong and Fair Cotton (pvt) Ltd and Authentic Knit Wear Ltd at Naranyanganj.
With the five, the total number of RMG factories with which EU buyers cut business relations in different times on workplace safety grounds reached to 46.
Another platform Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, formed by North
American retailers, has so far cut business relations with 104 supplier factories due to failure to make required progress in remediation.
In its statement Accord on Monday said despite repeated initiatives by the Accord, the five factories failed to make adequate progress in implementing corrective action plans.
The failure of the factories to cooperate prompted the implementation of a notice and warning process in accordance with the Accord article.
Despite notice and warning process and numerous efforts by the Accord staff and Accord signatories, the factory owner continued to fail to cooperate and implement the corrective action plans approved by the Accord, the buyers’ platform said.
The Accord urged its signatory companies, who were using the factories, to terminate business relations with the five suppliers and all factories they operate.
The tone of Accord and Alliance for cutting the business relations with 150 factories is similar.
After the Rana Plaza building collapse, which killed more than 1,100 people, mostly garment workers, in April 2013, European retailers formed the Accord while North American retailers formed Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety undertaking a five-year plan which set timelines and accountability for safety inspections and training and workers’ empowerment programmes.
The Accord has so far conducted initial inspections at 1600 factories while Alliance inspected 759 factories.
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