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.

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
  • International Finance Corporation

Alliance Cites Progress Toward a Collective Agreement on Worker Safety

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DHAKA, Bangladesh – The Board of Directors of the 29-brand Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety (Alliance) is in Dhaka this week to discuss plans to form a successor safety monitoring organization (SMO) that will carry forward the Alliance’s inspections, safety monitoring, training and helpline services once the Alliance’s 5-year term draws to a close at the end of 2018.

“Alliance member brands are ready to partner with the Bangladesh Government and the BGMEA to establish an independent, credible, locally led organization that will continue our important work,” said Ambassador James Moriarty, Alliance executive director. “We have seen progress in our talks to date, and we are encouraged by momentum toward a collective agreement on a sustained safety effort.”

Since its founding in 2013, the Alliance has brought about a sea change on safety within Alliance-affiliated factories. Remediation across more than 600 factories is 90% complete; 1.4 million workers in nearly 1,000 factories have access to the 24-hour Alliance helpline; 1.5 million workers have been trained in fire safety; and democratically elected Worker Safety Committees have been established in nearly 200 factories.

Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety Announces Unprecedented Progress in Factory Safety, Worker Empowerment

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Remarks from Ambassador Jim Moriarty, Alliance Executive Director, at Quarter One Press Conference

DHAKA, Bangladesh – Today, the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety (Alliance) held its Q1 press conference to announce progress updates on factory remediation and safety training at hundreds of ready-made garment factories in Bangladesh. The following are excerpts from remarks made by Ambassador Jim Moriarty, executive director of the Alliance.

“I am pleased to note that the Alliance continues to achieve unprecedented progress in our efforts to improve safety within the ready-made garment industry in Bangladesh. Our factory remediation work is progressing at a rapid pace, and we remain on track to meet our stated commitments by the end of the year.

“As of today, 322 Alliance-affiliated factories have completed all material components in their corrective action plans and are considered substantially remediated. Eighty-eight percent of factory remediation is complete across all active factories, including 84 percent of items most critical to life safety.

More Than 300 Alliance Factories Have Achieved all Materials Components in their Corrective Action Plans

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2017 closes with significant remediation progress achieved

DHAKA, Bangladesh – The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety (Alliance) announced today that in the month of December 2017, fifty-four additional Alliance-affiliated factories completed all material components outlined in their Corrective Action Plans (CAPs), bringing the total to 301.

“Each of these factories deserves our commendation for working hard to achieve the Alliance’s strict safety standards,” said Alliance Executive Director Amb. Jim Moriarty. “Their progress sets the tone for 2018, and furthers our mission of ushering in a culture of safety in the Bangladesh garment industry.”

Across all Alliance factories, 87% of all required factory remediation has been completed. In addition, no factories were suspended for failing to make adequate remediation progress in December, reflecting a concerted effort by Alliance factories to take the necessary steps to provide safer working conditions for their employees. The total number of suspended factories stands at 164.

Thirteen More Alliance Factories Achieve all Material Components in their Corrective Action Plans; Operations Suspended in One Other

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Alliance sustains strong progress as 2018 nears

DHAKA, Bangladesh – The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety announced today that since the release of the fourth Annual Report on November 10, thirteen additional Alliance-affiliated factories completed all material components outlined in their Corrective Action Plans (CAPs), bringing the total to 247.

“We commend each of these factories for fulfilling their commitment to provide safer working conditions for their employees,” said Alliance Executive Director Amb. Jim Moriarty.

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.”

Twenty-Nine More Alliance Factories Achieve all Material Components in their Corrective Action Plans

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Third-quarter CAP closures more than quadruple over Q1, 2

DHAKA, Bangladesh - The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety announced today that during the month of September, 29 additional Alliance-affiliated factories completed all material components outlined in their Corrective Action Plans (CAPs), bringing the total to 195.

The factories include ARK Washing, Ayesha Clothing Co. Ltd., Ayesha Washing Ltd., Babylon Trims Ltd. (PKG), Civic Apparels Ltd., Color City, Colossus Apparel Limited Unit 2, Confidence Industries Ltd., Cortz Apparels Ltd., DB Tex Ltd., Dhakarea Limited (Yupoong Inc.), DNV Clothing Ltd., Global Nassa Wear Ltd., Hamza Textiles Ltd., Impressive Garments (Pvt.) Ltd., Intimate Attire Limited, Mahdeen Sweaters Ltd., Mam Garments Ltd., Mansheen Co (BD) Ltd., Marina Apparels Ltd., Mymum Textiles Ltd., Nassa Basic Ltd., Nassa Fashions Ltd., Nassa Hi-Tech Wear Ltd., One Composite Mills Ltd., Try On Shoe Material BD Ltd., SAN Apparel Ltd., Shamzer Rezia Fashions Ltd., and The Civil Engineers Limited.

Alliance Statement on the September 20 Munshiganj Textile Factory Fire

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September 21, 2017 — The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety expresses its condolences to the families of the six men and women who lost their lives in a fire Wednesday at Ideal Textile Mills, a garment factory in the Munshiganj district of Bangladesh. This factory is not affiliated with the Alliance.

This tragedy demonstrates why all factories in Bangladesh—not just those covered by current safety initiatives, including the Alliance—must be inspected and remediated, and their workforces trained to protect themselves in case of an emergency. We urge the government of Bangladesh to implement the National Action Plan commitments to improve factory safety, and to ensure that such work extends to improve workplace safety in all Bangladesh factories.

Forty-Six More Alliance Factories Achieve Substantial Completion of their Corrective Action Plans; Operations Suspended in Two Others

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Factory CAP completions nearly double in the month of August

DHAKA, Bangladesh - The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety announced today that 46 additional Alliance-affiliated factories completed all material components in their Corrective Action Plans (CAPs) during the month of August, bringing the total number of CAP-completing factories to 166.

“Alliance-affiliated factories are beginning to achieve completion of their required repairs at a rapid pace, and we are pleased to recognize those that have made worker safety a priority," said Alliance Country Director, Amb. Jim Moriarty. "We remain confident that remediation will be largely completed across our factories by next year, and we are working with trusted partners now to enable our factory inspections, safety improvements and worker training and empowerment initiatives to be sustained over the long term."

Twenty-Six More Alliance Factories Achieve Substantial Completion of their Corrective Action Plans; Operations Suspended in One Other

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Factory remediation accelerates in month of July

DHAKA, Bangladesh—The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety announced today that during the month of July, 26 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 118.

The factories include Ananta Casualwear Ltd., Adhunik Poshak Shilpa Ltd., Alamode Apparels, Alliance Knit Composite Ltd., Aswad Composite Mills Ltd., Ayesha Clothing Company Ltd. – Printing Unit, Crazy Fashion, Divine Design Ltd., Esses Fashions Limited, Evince Garments Ltd., International Knitwear & Apparels Ltd. (Unit 1), Kazipur Fashion Ltd. Unit 1, Matrix Sweaters Ltd., New Dacca Industries Ltd., Odessa Fashion Ltd., Opex Washing Plant Ltd., Parkway Packaging & Printing Ltd., Rio Fashion Wear Limited, Rising Knit Textiles Ltd. (Washing Division), Salek Textile Ltd. (RMG Unit), Shams Styling Wears Ltd., Thanbee Print World Ltd., That’s It Garments Ltd., Tip Top Fashions Ltd., Voyager Apparels Ltd., and Wear Mag.

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