Accord on Building and Fire Safety in Bangladesh, a consortium of European brands and buyers, has cut business relations with 37 more Bangladeshi readymade garment factories due to refusal and failure of the factory authorities at implementing workplace safety measures in the units suggested by the buyers’ platform.
With the latest 37 factories, the Accord has so far cut business relations with 133 RMG factories on ground of safety issues that produce products for the European brands and buyers.
The factories are: Dowas-land Apparels Ltd, Dowas-Land Knit Wear (Pvt.) Ltd, Dowas-Land Textiles Mills Ltd, Dowas-Land Seamless Garments, Dowas-Land Dyeing & Finishing Ind’s Ltd, Dowas-Land Printing & Embroidery, Proud Textile, Sourov Hosiery, Asif Apparels Ltd, Asif Fashion Industries Ltd, Mahid Apparel Ltd, Jonayid Sweater Link, Jaj Bhuiyan Textile Mills Ltd, Jaj Spinning Mills Ltd, MM Knitting & Embroidery Ltd, Mahid Expo Int. Tex Ltd, Zakia Cottontex Ltd, JM Classic Fashion Ltd, JB Yarn Dyeing, Fay-Max Sweater Composite Ltd, Jonayid Dyeing & Printings Ltd, Noorun Nahar Knitwear Ltd, RBSR Fashions Ltd, MS Knit Ltd, Sikder Apparel Hosiery Ltd, Sikder Classic Dyeing & Knitting (PVT) Ltd, Sikder Apparel Ltd, Sikder Creation Ltd, Sikder Fashion Wear Ltd, Sikder Computerized Label Ltd, Sikder Accessories Ltd, Woolen Wear Ltd, Sister Apparels Ltd, Hossain Fashion Ltd, Unison Design Limited, Unison Embroidery & Printing Ltd and Le Mond Apparel & Textile.
The 37 factories are being operated under 12 business groups.
Due to the noncompliance of Dowas-land Apparels Ltd, the buyers group announced six factories of Dowas-land group ineligible for Accord company production until it meets the conditions for requalification.
The Accord terminated business relations with 11 factories of Jaj Bhuiyan Group due to failure in fixing safety faults in only one unit.
Due to failure in making adequate progress in corrective action plan implementation in Sikder Apparel Hosiery Ltd, the Accord terminated ties with seven factories of Sikder Group.
Three factories of Hossain Group were affected by the Accord decision as one of the factories– Woolen Wear Ltd– failed to make adequate progress in CAP implementation while two factories of Unison Group were affected due to noncompliance of one of its factories.
After the Rana Plaza building collapse in April 24, 2013, that killed more than 1,100 people, mostly garments workers, EU retailers formed the Accord to improve factory safety in Bangladesh.
The platform has so far conducted fire, electrical and structural safety inspection in more than 1,600 RMG factories which are the suppliers of EU buyers and retailers.
The overall remediation progress rate of safety issues identified in initial inspections verified as fixed has reached 83 per cent, a recent report of the Accord said.
It also said that remediation is close to completion at 699 factories that has completed more than 90 per cent of the remediation while 127 factories have completed all remediation from initial inspections.
Just after the formation of Accord in 2013, North American retailers, including Walmart and Gap, formed Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety undertaking a five-year plan, which set timeframes and accountability for inspections and training and workers empowerment programmes.
The Alliance has so far inspected more than 700 factories and cut business relations with 165 supplier factories due to their failure in making adequate remediation progress.
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