Alliance 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.
See all Alliance Progress Reports here.
Factory Safety: A View From Workers
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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:
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.
Steady progress continued in the month of February
DHAKA, Bangladesh - The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety announced today that six additional Alliance-affiliated factories have completed all material components outlined in their Corrective Action Plans (CAPs), bringing the total number of factories that have reached this milestone to 66.
The factories include Envoy Design Ltd, Envoy Fashion Ltd, Kenpark Bangladesh (PVT) Ltd, Manta Apparels Ltd, Mohara Asian Apparels Ltd and Youngone (CEPZ) Ltd (Extension Building).
“We commend these six factories for prioritizing remediation, and in doing so, achieving a substantially higher standard of workplace safety,” said Alliance Country Director Jim Moriarty. “When factories commit to continuous improvement, profound change in Bangladesh’s garment industry shifts from possibility to reality.”
Agreement between government, industry and labor representatives underscores shared commitment to workers’ rights and rule of law
DHAKA, Bangladesh - The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety (the “Alliance”) welcomes the tripartite agreement reached by the Bangladesh Ministry of Labour and Employment, the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) and the IndustriAll Bangladesh Council (IBC). The agreement comes weeks after numerous labor advocates were detained and interrogated for holding protests in the Ashulia district protesting rent increases and calling for higher minimum wages to support families and cover basic household expenses.
In the agreement, all parties agreed to release detainees, reopen shuttered zonal offices and either pay or reinstate workers who were fired for taking part in protests. The signatories further committed to ensuring sustainable relations among garment factories through peaceful dialogue between owners and workers.
The Alliance opens the New Year with significant remediation progress
DHAKA, Bangladesh—The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety announced today that ten additional Alliance-affiliated factories have completed all material components outlined in their Corrective Action Plans (CAPs), bringing the total number of graduated factories to 60.
The factories include Karnaphuli Shoes Industries Ltd (Garments), Reliance Washing Industries Ltd, Canvas Garments (Pvt.) Ltd, Llano (BD) Ltd, Smart Jacket (BD) Ltd, Shehan Specialized Textile Mills Ltd, Pearl Garments Co Ltd, Eastern Knit Wear Limited, Shikder Printing, and Lenny Fashions Limited (Unit-2).
“We are incredibly proud to welcome these ten to our rapidly growing list of factories that have made concrete commitments to worker safety through remediation,” said Alliance Country Director Jim Moriarty. “Their success serves as both an inspiration and proof that, despite a challenging context, transformative change in Bangladesh’s RMG industry is achievable.”
The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety is deeply saddened by news of a fire that broke out Thursday at a footwear factory in the Alubazar of Bangshal in Dhaka. One worker died, and two were injured. Our thoughts and prayers are with those impacted by this tragedy.
We urge the government of Bangladesh to fully implement the National Action Plan commitments to improve factory safety across all industries in Bangladesh. The Alliance is working to ensure that factories from which our Members source meet strict inspection standards and provide a safe working environment free of structural, electrical and fire-related hazards. All factory workers in Bangladesh should be protected; not just those covered by brand-led safety initiatives.
December marks busy month of factory remediation progress and accountability measures
DHAKA, Bangladesh—The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety announced today that during the month of December, four additional Alliance-affiliated factories completed all material components outlined in their Corrective Action Plans (CAPs), bringing the total number of graduated factories to 50.
Factories achieving substantial completion of their CAPs in December include Arrow Jeans (Pvt) Ltd, LCB International (BD) Limited, Smart Jeans Ltd, and That’s It Sweater Ltd. Smart Jeans Ltd is the first Alliance-affiliated factory to complete required remediation after being suspended and subsequently reactivated.
We are deeply troubled by reports of the detention and interrogation of nearly a dozen labor rights leaders by the Bangladesh government. The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety strongly supports the rights of workers to organize in accordance with the laws of Bangladesh. Our Member Agreement formally asserts the right of workers to refuse to work in dangerous conditions, and we support and encourage the right of workers to unionize in Alliance-affiliated factories.
We consult closely with our Board Labor Committee—comprised of five trade union leaders—on all matters related directly to workers. And by July 2018, we will have established Worker Safety Committees—groups of workers trained and empowered to monitor on-site occupational safety and health issues—in all 600+ Alliance factories.
Reinstatement of three suspended factories in recognition of progress and Suspension of one factory for inaction on safety repairs round out Alliance November updates
DHAKA, Bangladesh - The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety announced today that four additional Alliance-affiliated factories have completed all material components outlined in their Corrective Action Plans (CAPs), bringing the total number of graduated factories to 46. In addition, three factories previously suspended by the Alliance have been reinstated in recognition of remediation progress.
Global Fashion Garments Ltd., Global Outerwear Ltd., Ornate Knit Garment Industries Ltd. and Sajid Washing & Dyeing all achieved closure on their CAPs, and Sheehan Specialized Textile Mills Ltd., Smart Jacket (BD) Ltd. and Smart Jeans Ltd. were removed from suspension.
The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety is deeply saddened by news of the deadly fire at a cigarette factory in Ashulia, Dhaka, in which one person has died and more than 30 have been injured. We understand that the workers, many of them young women under the age of 20, remain in critical condition as a result of their injuries. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families, workers, and all those impacted by this tragedy.
This is not an RMG factory, and thus not aligned with any current safety initiative, which further begs the need to ensure every worker in Bangladesh is protected, no matter the industry, and that safety reforms span across all Bangladeshi factories.
- Alliance Continues To Improve Safety in Bangladesh Garment Industry
- Alliance Suspends Operations with Seven Additional Factories
- Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety Third Annual Report September 2016
- Alliance Statement on Tragedy at Gazipur Packaging Plant
- Four More Factories Achieve Substantial Completion of their Corrective Action Plans, Alliance Suspends Operations in Four Others
- Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety Appoints New Chief Safety Officer
- The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety Announces that Four Factories have Achieved Substantial Completion of their Corrective Action Plans, Suspends Operations in Eight Others
- Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety Provides Q2 Progress Report on Remediation, Factory Statuses and Worker Empowerment
- Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety Statement
- Alliance Statement on the Hostage Situation in Dhaka