Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety

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Alliance 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.

• 3rd Annual Report, 2016
• Semi-Annual Report, 2016
• 2nd Annual report, 2015
• Worker Baseline Survey & Infographic
• Training Impact Assessment & Infographic


See all Alliance Progress Reports here.

 Alliance 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

 Alliance Case Studies

We aim to share case studies that feature work being done in factories producing for Alliance members. These examples recognize factories leading the way in Alliance programs, and provide learnings for other factories and stakeholders.
 • Columbia Garments Ltd: Factory Leadership and Teamwork Drive Remediation Progress


Alliance Statement on Deadly Fire at Cigarette Lighter Factory, Dhaka

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The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety is deeply saddened by news of the deadly fire at a cigarette factory in Ashulia, Dhaka, in which one person has died and more than 30 have been injured. We understand that the workers, many of them young women under the age of 20, remain in critical condition as a result of their injuries. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families, workers, and all those impacted by this tragedy.

This is not an RMG factory, and thus not aligned with any current safety initiative, which further begs the need to ensure every worker in Bangladesh is protected, no matter the industry, and that safety reforms span across all Bangladeshi factories.

 

Alliance Continues To Improve Safety in Bangladesh Garment Industry

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WASHINGTON — The Honorable Ellen O’Kane Tauscher, independent chair of the Board of The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety (Alliance), has issued the following statement in response to a report by the International Labor Rights Forum, Clean Clothes Campaign, Worker Rights Consortium and Maquila Solidarity Network, that in several areas, misrepresents and oversimplifies the complexities of the Alliance and the Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety’s (Accord) efforts to improve worker safety in Bangladesh. It is important to note that the factories highlighted in the report are those producing products for both Alliance and Accord brands.

Alliance Suspends Operations with Seven Additional Factories

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DHAKA, Bangladesh - The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety announced today that it has suspended seven additional factories for failure to show evidence of remediation progress. Five of the seven factories were also cited by the Alliance for failure to remove lockable exits. The move brings the total number factories suspended by the Alliance to 104.

“Any factory that is unwilling or unable to make progress on the repairs required to meet our safety standards is removed from our list of Alliance-complaint factories, without exception,” said Jim Moriarty, former U.S. ambassador to Bangladesh and Alliance country director. “Ensuring the safety of workers in Alliance-affiliated factories is our highest priority.”

The Alliance performs independent inspections on the structural, electrical and fire safety of all factories from which its members source. Each factory is then provided with a Corrective Action Plan (CAP) designed to help it address safety issues and achieve compliance with Alliance safety standards. The Alliance also provides technical advice and access to low-cost loans to assist factories with remediation.

Now in year three of its five-year initiative, the Alliance is on track to remediate all critical safety issues in its active factories by 2018. To date, 63 percent of all safety issues in Alliance factories have been corrected and 40 factories have completed all necessary repairs outlined in their CAPs.

More information on our suspension process can be found in the Alliance Members Agreement, and the complete list of suspended factories can be found on our website.

Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety Third Annual Report September 2016

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Laser Focus on Critical Safety Repairs and Establishment of Worker Safety Committees as the Alliance Enters Year Four

DHAKA – As part of its ongoing commitment to enforcing a culture of safety in its Bangladesh garment factories, The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety (Alliance) today issued its third annual report, which reflects significant progress toward its goal of leaving the industry substantially safer as a result of the initiative.

Alliance Statement on Tragedy at Gazipur Packaging Plant

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The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety is deeply saddened by news of the deadly boiler blast and fire at a packaging factory in Gazipur, in which at least 24 people have lost their lives and more than 70 have been injured. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families, workers, and all those impacted by this tragedy.

This factory is not an RMG factory, and thus not aligned with any current safety initiative—which speaks to why factory safety reform is needed across all industries in Bangladesh to ensure every worker is protected.

We urge the government of Bangladesh to take further steps to implement the National Action Plan commitments to improve factory safety, and to ensure that such work extends beyond the garment industry to improve workplace safety in all enterprises of Bangladesh.

 

Four More Factories Achieve Substantial Completion of their Corrective Action Plans, Alliance Suspends Operations in Four Others

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DHAKA, Bangladesh - The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety announced today that four Alliance-affiliated factories completed all material components outlined in their Corrective Action Plans during the month of August, and the Alliance has suspended operations with four factories for failure to show evidence of remediation progress.

“We are pleased to welcome Reliance Box Industries (PKG), Radial International Ltd (Units 1 & 2), Mastrade International Garments Ltd and M/S Standard Group Ltd to our growing list of factories that have completed the repairs we required as part of the remediation process,” said Alliance Country Director Jim Moriarty. “And in suspending four additional factories from the Alliance compliant list, we reiterate our no-tolerance policy for factory inaction when it comes to workplace safety.”

The Alliance performs independent inspections on the structural, electrical and fire safety of all factories from which its members source. Each factory is then provided with a Corrective Action Plan designed to help it address safety issues and achieve compliance with Alliance safety standards. The Alliance also provides technical advice and access to low-cost loans to assist factories with remediation.

To date the Alliance has cut ties with a total of 95 non-compliant factories, and 38 factories have completed the critical repairs outlined in their CAPs. Across all active Alliance factories, 59 percent of all safety issues have been corrected.

More information on our suspension process can be found in the Alliance Members Agreement, and the complete list of suspended factories can be found here.

Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety Appoints New Chief Safety Officer

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DHAKA, Bangladesh - Today the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety announced the appointment of its new Chief Safety Officer (CSO), Paul Rigby. Mr. Rigby brings nearly 30 years of fire safety experience, including principal-level leadership positions with the UK Fire and Rescue Service, the London Fire Brigade and NATO. A seasoned crisis and emergency manager, Mr. Rigby has been involved in the response, management and monitoring of more than 10,000 fires and emergency events in a range of civilian, military, foreign and domestic settings.

“We’re incredibly honored to welcome Paul to our team,” said Country Director Jim Moriarty. “He’s a proven change-maker who shares our passion for improving safety. We’re certain his wealth of knowledge and experience will propel our efforts to improve safety and help mitigate fire risk in Alliance-affiliated garment factories.”

Mr. Rigby comes aboard just months after former US Ambassador to Bangladesh Jim Moriarty returned to Dhaka as the Alliance’s country director—a new position focused on the expansion and sustainability of Alliance programs through key stakeholder engagement. Since the transition, Ambassador Moriarty has bolstered the Dhaka office through strategic hires and the internal promotion of several long-time staff members.

We are tremendously grateful to Mark Chubb for his service to the Alliance as its first Chief Safety Officer,” Ambassador Moriarty said. “Mark’s technical expertise and passion for the Alliance mission have led to tangible advancements in garment factory safety. We wish him well as he returns to his family in the United States to pursue other opportunities.
With less than two years remaining until the Alliance sunsets in 2018, Mr. Rigby will play a critical role in working with factory owners to achieve remediation of the issues most critical to life safety.

The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety Announces that Four Factories have Achieved Substantial Completion of their Corrective Action Plans, Suspends Operations in Eight Others

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DHAKA, Bangladesh— As part of its on-going mission to improve safety in its affiliated garment factories in Bangladesh, the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety announces that within the last month, four additional factories have completed all material components outlined in their Corrective Action Plans, or CAPs. They have also suspended operations with eight additional factories for failure to show evidence of remediation progress.

“We commend Park (Bangladesh) Company, Olio Apparels, Fountain Garments Manufacturing and Unitex International for their commitment to making their factories models of worker safety,” said Alliance Country Director Jim Moriarty. “Conversely, our suspension of eight new factories demonstrates that those unwilling or unable to address critical safety issues will no longer be welcome as partners in our supply chain.”

The Alliance performs independent inspections on the structural, electrical and fire safety of all factories from which its members source. Each factory is then provided with a Corrective Action Plan (CAP) designed to help it address safety issues and achieve compliance with Alliance safety standards. The Alliance also provides technical advice and access to low-cost loans to assist factories with remediation.

To date the Alliance has cut ties with a total of 91 non-compliant factories, 32 factories have completed the critical repairs outlined in their CAPs and 57% of all safety issues in Alliance factories have been corrected.

More information on our suspension process can be found in the Alliance Members Agreement, and the complete list of suspended factories can be found here.

Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety Provides Q2 Progress Report on Remediation, Factory Statuses and Worker Empowerment

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DHAKA - Today, the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety (Alliance) provided its quarterly progress update on factory remediation and worker empowerment initiatives. Below are the remarks of former U.S. Ambassador James Moriarty, Alliance country director.

Media interested in obtaining a recording of the teleconference should contact Guillermo Meneses.

Additional information about the Alliance and our initiatives to improve safety in Bangladesh’s RMG industry can be found on our website at www.bangladeshworkersafety.org.

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Remarks of Ambassador Moriarty:

Good morning everyone and thank you for joining our second quarterly call to discuss progress updates from the Alliance.

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