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Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety Opens its Doors in Dhaka
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DECEMBER 9, 2013
Bangladesh team well-positioned to deliver on commitments to improve safety conditions in Bangladesh garment factories
DHAKA—The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety officially launched its local operation in Dhaka today, ensuring an on-the-ground presence to facilitate its effort to bring improved fire and structural safety to Bangladesh garment factories. The Alliance—an historic coalition of global apparel companies and their partners—will unify efforts to dramatically improve garment factory safety conditions in Bangladesh.
ALLIANCE FOR BANGLADESH WORKER SAFETY HELPS TO ESTABLISH COMMON SET OF FIRE AND SAFETY STANDARDS FOR GARMENT FACTORIES IN BANGLADESH
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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2013
New Member Companies Join Alliance; Staff Hired in Bangladesh
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Earlier this month in Dhaka, Bangladesh, the International Labour Organization (ILO), technical experts from the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, the Accord on Fire and Building Safety, and the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) came to agreement on a common, minimum criterion for fire and structural inspection safety standards, pending a few final modifications.
“I am encouraged by the progress made in Dhaka this month in the effort to establish harmonized safety standards for the garment industry,” said Jeffrey Krilla, Alliance President. “The challenges in Bangladesh are many and complex, and the solution requires collaboration across all interested parties. I am proud of the role the Alliance played in setting the foundation for harmonized standards and look forward to shifting our focus to implementation.”
Of the ILO-led meeting in Dhaka, ILO Country Director Srinivas Reddy characterized the discussion as “very constructive.” The Alliance’s draft Fire Safety and Integrity Standards first developed in September helped serve as the foundation for this collaborative discussion. These standards align with the Bangladesh National Building Code and also support the National Tripartite Plan of Action. In the meantime, Alliance member companies have been inspecting factories. The Alliance is conducting an independent analysis of those inspections to ensure they meet the agreed standards.
ALLIANCE FOR BANGLADESH WORKER SAFETY RELEASES FACTORIES LIST & BOARD APPROVES FIRE AND BUILDING SAFETY STANDARDS
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OCTOBER 22, 2013
Committee of Experts Appointed to Oversee Initiative Implementation
WASHINGTON, D.C. — In its ongoing effort to improve building and fire safety standards across the Bangladesh ready-made garment industry, the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety today announced a number of essential milestones achieved during the past 30 days. These include the release of the list of Alliance member factories, adoption of fire and building safety standards, and investments in the organization’s technical expertise and on-the-ground staffing in Bangladesh.
Supplier Disclosure: The Alliance has publicly released supplier information for more than 620 factories represented by its membership. The disclosure includes data such as factory name, address, number of workers, and building composition, which will be important in prioritizing and implementing inspections. The list also notates factories that are manufacturing goods for members of the Accord on Fire and Building Safety. Shared suppliers make up approximately 50 percent of the Alliance factory list, underscoring the need for combined efforts on behalf of garment industry workers.
By releasing this information, the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety hopes to be taking yet another step towards partnership on coordinated trainings, inspections and remedial support. Achieving this will require concerted and sustained efforts to work with government, the International Labor Organization (ILO), industry, workers, factory management and civil society. In accordance with the Alliance Members’ Agreement, the full list of factories was shared with the Fair Factories Clearinghouse in September. The list represents input from the Alliance founding membership. The list is a work in progress and as new members join, they too will be sharing factory information.
“We recognize the urgent need to continue moving quickly to improve safety conditions because the garment workers of Bangladesh expect us to deliver on our promises,” said Jeffrey Krilla, Alliance President. “As our membership grows in number and global reach, we will continue working quickly and diligently on our next series of goals, and welcome collaboration with other interested parties in Bangladesh and around the globe to achieve results.”
STATEMENT BY THE ALLIANCE FOR BANGLADESH WORKER SAFETY ON THE RELEASE OF FACTORY LISTS
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OCTOBER 15, 2013
Today, supplier information for the more than 620 factories and an estimated 1.1 million workers represented by The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety is being publicly released. The list contains notation of factories also manufacturing goods for members of the Accord on Fire and Building Safety. Shared suppliers make up approximately 50% of the Alliance factory list, further highlighting the need for combined efforts on behalf of garment industry workers. By releasing this information, the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety hopes to be taking yet another step towards partnership on coordinated trainings, inspections and remedial support. Achieving this will require concerted and sustained efforts to work with government, the International Labor Organization (ILO), industry, workers, factory management and civil society. In accordance with the Alliance Member’s Agreement, the full list of factories was shared with the Fair Factories Clearinghouse in September. The list represents input from the majority of Alliance members. The Alliance recognizes that this factory list is a work in progress, and will be working to validate and update details over the coming months as new members complete their internal processes for sharing factory information.
More information about the Alliance can be found at www.bangladeshworkersafety.org.
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Statement From Former Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher, Independent Chair of the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety
September 16, 2013
I am pleased to be in Dhaka this week with the President and Board of Directors of The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety. We are here to further our goal of improving worker safety in Bangladeshi ready-made garment factories. Upon The Alliance’s formation ten weeks ago, we set out to bring transparent, sustainable, measurable solutions to the workers through the Bangladesh Worker Safety Initiative.
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Read the letter from founding CEOs:
Letter from founding CEOs
July 10, 2013
As leaders in the apparel industry, we understand the complex challenges that surround the garment industry in Bangladesh. Many of our organizations have worked individually to improve safety and training for garment workers. We also know that the Bangladesh garment industry (which employs millions of workers, roughly 80 percent of whom are women) provides invaluable economic opportunity in the country.
The safety record of Bangladeshi factories is unacceptable and requires our collective effort. We can prevent future tragedies by consolidating and amplifying our individual efforts to bring about real and sustained progress.
To this end, we are announcing the establishment of the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety and the launch of the Bangladesh Worker Safety Initiative. These efforts constitute a binding, five-year undertaking that will be transparent, results-oriented, measurable and verifiable.
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