Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety

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Alliance Delivers Significant Factory Safety Progress in Year Four

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Member companies remain committed to achieving safety goals on schedule in 2018

DHAKA – The Alliance today released its Fourth Annual Report, announcing substantial factory safety improvements and the expansion of its worker training and empowerment initiatives within the past year. The data confirm that the Alliance is on track to complete nearly all Corrective Action Plans (CAPs) except for newly added and expanding factories—and to transition safety monitoring operations to trusted local partners—in 2018.

“Overhauling safety in hundreds of factories is a massive undertaking, and we are incredibly proud of what the Alliance has accomplished together with our partners in just four short years,” said Alliance Executive Director Amb. Jim Moriarty. “Until we achieve our mandate, fortifying safety in Alliance factories and equipping workers with empowerment tools will remain our laser focus.”

Highlights from the Alliance’s fourth year include:

  • 85% of all required factory repairs have been completed—including 80% of high-priority repairs;
  • 234 Alliance-affiliated factories have completed all material items in their CAPs;
  • 162 non-compliant factories have been suspended from Alliance factory list;
  • Democratically elected Worker Safety Committees that give workers a seat at the table in monitoring safety issues have been established in 171 factories;
  • More than 1.3 million workers across 941 Alliance and non-Alliance factories have access to Amader Kotha, the Alliance’s confidential worker Helpline;
  • More than 1.4 million workers have been trained in basic fire safety, and 1.3 million have participated in refresher courses;
  • Nearly 27,000 security guards have been trained in fire safety leadership, and nearly 20,000 have received refresher training, and
  • The Alliance has designed a safety training workshop for senior factory managers and partnered with the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) on a graduate-level short course for Bangladesh engineers, both designed to build in-country capacity on safety.

“Our factories are demonstrably safer today than when the Alliance began—and the hard work that factory owners have undertaken since 2013 is now paying off, as hundreds of factories are reaching CAP closure,” said Amb. Moriarty. “This achievement represents a starting line for these factories, for whom maintaining rigorous safety standards must remain an ongoing priority—and we are committed to transitioning our program in a way that paves the way for sustainable progress beyond 2018.”

In addition to details on remediation progress, the Alliance Report includes interviews with Alliance partners and leadership, case stories from the Alliance Helpline, links to video testimonials from factory workers and a forecast on 2018 transition plans.

Download the full report here.

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