Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety Reports Safety Results in Fifth and Final Year
DHAKA, Bangladesh — The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety (“Alliance”) released its fifth and final annual report today, announcing near completion of factory safety improvements as well the full execution of its renowned fire safety training and 24-hour worker helpline to the more than 1.5 million workers in Alliance-affiliated factories.
With an ecosystem of safety now in place, the Alliance is transitioning its widely renowned training program and helpline to local partners who will continue both and expand them to additional factories throughout Bangladesh. Most Alliance member brands plan to work through a locally-based organization to collectively monitor safety standards, training execution and helpline promotion in the factories from which they source, as consistency in the level of safety achieved under the Alliance will remain a requirement of these brands.
“In these past five years, the Alliance, our member brands and the owners of Alliance-affiliated factories have achieved unprecedented progress toward the goal of improving safety in Bangladesh’s ready-made garment industry, while simultaneously helping to solidify Bangladesh’s standing as a global leader in garment exports,” said Alliance Executive Director Amb. Jim Moriarty. “Maintaining this progress must remain an ongoing effort—and for our member brands, it will remain a top priority long beyond the Alliance’s departure.”
“The US Embassy in Dhaka applauds the achievements of the Alliance, and will continue to strongly support the brands’ efforts to monitor safety and empower workers in their factories, said U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl R. Miller. “With this work, the Alliance has set a standard for the industry to follow in Bangladesh.”
Highlights from the Alliance’s final report include:
- 93 percent of remediation across Alliance-affiliated factories is complete—including 90 percent of items most critical to life safety;
- 428 factories have completed all material items in their initial Corrective Action Plans (CAPs);
- Nearly 1.6 million workers have been trained to protect themselves in case of a fire emergency, and the Alliance has developed local training partners to expand the training beyond Alliance-affiliated factories;
- 28,000 security guards have been trained in fire safety and emergency evacuation procedures;
- 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 1.5 million workers now have access to a 24-hour confidential worker helpline, which has been transferred to local management under Phulki and will soon be available to RMG factories throughout Bangladesh; and,
- 181 worker safety committees have been formed, giving workers a seat at the table with management in resolving safety issues within their factories.