The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, a consortium of North American fashion retailers and buyers, has cut business relations with 11 more Bangladeshi readymade garment factories in January on charge of insufficient progress in remediation.
The move has brought the total number of factories suspended by the Alliance to 127.
The suspended factories are: Fareast Dresses Ltd, Defoin, Sun Seed Apparel Ltd, Kimia Garments Industries Ltd, Kimia Apparels Industry Ltd, Eden Apparels Ltd, Western Dress Ltd Unit 2, Jann Composite Mills Ltd and Zisas Fashion Ltd in the Dhaka city, Sun Seed Apparel Ltd at Savar, and Claxton Apparels and Textiles Ltd in Narayanganj.
Most of the factories have failed to provide evidence of remediation and few of them failed to remove lockable exits from the units, the buyers’ group said in a recent statement.
After the Rana Plaza building collapse, which killed more than 1,100 people, mostly garment workers, in April 2013, North American retailers, including top brands like Walmart and Gap, undertook a five-year plan which set timeframe and accountability for inspections and training and workers’ empowerment programmes.
The Alliance has so far conducted initial inspections in 759 factories.
On the other hand, the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, the platform of European buyers’ and retailers’ group, inspected more than 1600 RMG factories and terminated business relations with 70 production units of 47 supplier companies.
In a recent statement Alliance country director James F Moriarty said 58 factories had fully completed their corrective action plans.
Sixty-nine per cent of all required repairs across active Alliance-linked factories have been completed, he said.
‘This includes 61 per cent of the repairs we deem highest priority and high priority — such as the structural retrofitting of columns and the installation of fire doors,’ Moriarty said.
‘Our work continues to take place in a challenging context—and achieving our goals by 2018 remains a big undertaking,’ he said.
The Alliance, meanwhile, reinstated three previously suspended factories in recognition of their progress in December 2016.
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