Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety

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Progress Reports

The Alliance is committed to providing regular updates on the initiative’s progress and activities, and to seeking external evaluation of the effectiveness—and areas for future work—of its core programs.  Below are the latest documents for public download.

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Partnerships

The Alliance is working with worker organizations, factory owners, NGOs, civil society, technical and engineering consultants, industry associations, educational and training institutions, and the government of Bangladesh to ensure that safety improvements are technically sound, impactful, and sustainable. Specific partners include:

  • National Fire Protection Association
  • International Finance Corporation

Twenty-Nine More Alliance Factories Achieve all Material Components in their Corrective Action Plans

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Third-quarter CAP closures more than quadruple over Q1, 2

DHAKA, Bangladesh - The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety announced today that during the month of September, 29 additional Alliance-affiliated factories completed all material components outlined in their Corrective Action Plans (CAPs), bringing the total to 195.

The factories include ARK Washing, Ayesha Clothing Co. Ltd., Ayesha Washing Ltd., Babylon Trims Ltd. (PKG), Civic Apparels Ltd., Color City, Colossus Apparel Limited Unit 2, Confidence Industries Ltd., Cortz Apparels Ltd., DB Tex Ltd., Dhakarea Limited (Yupoong Inc.), DNV Clothing Ltd., Global Nassa Wear Ltd., Hamza Textiles Ltd., Impressive Garments (Pvt.) Ltd., Intimate Attire Limited, Mahdeen Sweaters Ltd., Mam Garments Ltd., Mansheen Co (BD) Ltd., Marina Apparels Ltd., Mymum Textiles Ltd., Nassa Basic Ltd., Nassa Fashions Ltd., Nassa Hi-Tech Wear Ltd., One Composite Mills Ltd., Try On Shoe Material BD Ltd., SAN Apparel Ltd., Shamzer Rezia Fashions Ltd., and The Civil Engineers Limited.

“We commend each and every one of these factories for prioritizing remediation and fulfilling their commitment to providing safer workplaces for their employees,” said Alliance Country Director Amb. Jim Moriarty

Alliance Statement on the September 20 Munshiganj Textile Factory Fire

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September 21, 2017 — The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety expresses its condolences to the families of the six men and women who lost their lives in a fire Wednesday at Ideal Textile Mills, a garment factory in the Munshiganj district of Bangladesh. This factory is not affiliated with the Alliance.

This tragedy demonstrates why all factories in Bangladesh—not just those covered by current safety initiatives, including the Alliance—must be inspected and remediated, and their workforces trained to protect themselves in case of an emergency. We urge the government of Bangladesh to implement the National Action Plan commitments to improve factory safety, and to ensure that such work extends to improve workplace safety in all Bangladesh factories.

Forty-Six More Alliance Factories Achieve Substantial Completion of their Corrective Action Plans; Operations Suspended in Two Others

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Factory CAP completions nearly double in the month of August

DHAKA, Bangladesh - The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety announced today that 46 additional Alliance-affiliated factories completed all material components in their Corrective Action Plans (CAPs) during the month of August, bringing the total number of CAP-completing factories to 166.

“Alliance-affiliated factories are beginning to achieve completion of their required repairs at a rapid pace, and we are pleased to recognize those that have made worker safety a priority," said Alliance Country Director, Amb. Jim Moriarty. "We remain confident that remediation will be largely completed across our factories by next year, and we are working with trusted partners now to enable our factory inspections, safety improvements and worker training and empowerment initiatives to be sustained over the long term."

Twenty-Six More Alliance Factories Achieve Substantial Completion of their Corrective Action Plans; Operations Suspended in One Other

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Factory remediation accelerates in month of July

DHAKA, Bangladesh—The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety announced today that during the month of July, 26 additional Alliance-affiliated factories completed all material components outlined in their Corrective Action Plans (CAPs), bringing the total number of factories to have completed their CAPs to 118.

The factories include Ananta Casualwear Ltd., Adhunik Poshak Shilpa Ltd., Alamode Apparels, Alliance Knit Composite Ltd., Aswad Composite Mills Ltd., Ayesha Clothing Company Ltd. – Printing Unit, Crazy Fashion, Divine Design Ltd., Esses Fashions Limited, Evince Garments Ltd., International Knitwear & Apparels Ltd. (Unit 1), Kazipur Fashion Ltd. Unit 1, Matrix Sweaters Ltd., New Dacca Industries Ltd., Odessa Fashion Ltd., Opex Washing Plant Ltd., Parkway Packaging & Printing Ltd., Rio Fashion Wear Limited, Rising Knit Textiles Ltd. (Washing Division), Salek Textile Ltd. (RMG Unit), Shams Styling Wears Ltd., Thanbee Print World Ltd., That’s It Garments Ltd., Tip Top Fashions Ltd., Voyager Apparels Ltd., and Wear Mag.

Ten More Alliance Factories Achieve Substantial Completion of their Corrective Action Plans; Operations Suspended in Two Others

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Factory remediation continues to advance at steady pace

DHAKA, Bangladesh - The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety announced today that during the month of June, ten additional Alliance-affiliated factories completed all material components outlined in their Corrective Action Plans (CAPs), bringing the total number of factories to have completed their CAPs to 92.

The factories include Bengal Windsor Thermoplastics Ltd., JMS Garments Ltd., Karnaphuli Sportswear Ind. Ltd., Lalmai Sportswear Ind. Ltd., Mars Sportswear Ltd., Mehnaz Styles and Craft Ltd., Titas Sportswear Ind. Ltd., Toy Woods (BD) Co Ltd., Union Accessories Ltd., and Youngone Sports Shoes Inds. Ltd.

“We commend each of these factories for making workplace safety a top priority,” said Alliance Country Director Jim Moriarty. “Working together, we can make safer garment factories the rule, not the exception, in Bangladesh.”

Alliance Statement on Deadly Boiler Explosion at Multifabs, Ltd.

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DHAKA, Bangladesh - The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety is deeply saddened by the news of a deadly boiler explosion at Multifabs Ltd., a garment factory in Gazipur, that has claimed the lives of 13 workers and injured at least 40 others. Our thoughts and prayers are with those impacted by this tragedy.

This incident reinforces our determination to work with all our partners to improve factory safety in the garment industry in Bangladesh. It is our collective responsibility to ensure that all factories in Bangladesh—and everyone who works in those factories—are as safe as humanly possible from workplace accidents.

Six More Alliance Factories Achieve Substantial Completion of their Corrective Action Plans; Operations Suspended in Six Others

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Factory remediation and accountability measures continue at year’s midpoint

DHAKA, Bangladesh - The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety announced today that during the month of May, six additional Alliance-affiliated factories completed all material components outlined in their Corrective Action Plans (CAPs), bringing the total number of factories to have completed their CAPs to 82.

The factories include Babylon Garments Ltd, Columbia Apparels Ltd, R-PAC (BD) Packaging Co Ltd (PKG), R.S.B. Industrial Limited, Safaa Sweaters Ltd (Safaa Sewing Ltd) and Uni Gears Ltd.

“We commend these factories for prioritizing remediation and exhibiting a firm commitment to worker safety,” said Alliance Country Director Jim Moriarty. “With a little more than year left before the Alliance sunsets, achievements such as these remain central to our mission of transforming safety in Bangladesh’s ready-made garment industry.”

Ten More Alliance Factories Achieve Substantial Completion of their Corrective Action Plans; Operations Suspended in Nine Others

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The Alliance presses forward with factory remediation and accountability measures

DHAKA, Bangladesh - The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety announced today that during the months of March and April, ten additional Alliance-affiliated factories completed all material components outlined in their Corrective Action Plans (CAPs), bringing the total number of factories completing their CAPs to 76.

The factories include Alif Print & EM (Embroidery Village), Brandix Apparel Bangladesh Ltd., Envoy Textiles Ltd, Hop Yick Bangladesh Ltd, Karnaphuli Shoes Industries Limited, Lam Min Associates (Unit-2), Savar Dyeing and Finishing Ind, World Ye Apparels (BD) Ltd., Youngone (CEPZ) Ltd and Youngone Sports Shoe Industries Ltd Unit-2.

Alliance Statement on Rana Plaza Fourth Anniversary

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DHAKA, Bangladesh (April 24, 2017) – Today marks the fourth anniversary of the Rana Plaza collapse—a heartbreaking disaster that claimed the lives of 1,134 workers, left thousands injured and forever changed Bangladesh’s garment industry. In honor of the victims and their families, we pause today to reflect and recommit ourselves to the important mission of ensuring that no garment worker in Bangladesh risks his or her life to make a living.

In the immediate aftermath of one of the country’s darkest days, member companies came together to form the Alliance—embarking on an ambitious initiative to improve factory safety, equip workers with the knowledge and skills to protect themselves, and empower them to demand change.

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