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.

See all Alliance Progress Reports here.

Factory Safety: A View From Workers


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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
University of Maryland
International Finance Corporation
USAID

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.

Six Alliance Factories Achieve Substantial CAP Completion; Operations Suspended in Seven Others

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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.”

Alliance Statement in Support of Tripartite Agreement

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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.

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

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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.”

Alliance Statement on Deadly Footwear Factory Fire in Dhaka

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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.

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