Upon its formation nine weeks ago, The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety set out to achieve several milestones to further our goal of improving safety in Bangladeshi ready-made garment (RMG) factories. The Alliance is pleased to announce...
that this first set of critical milestones has been achieved. While there is still significant work to be done, it is with this progress that we remain optimistic about creating solutions that will improve the lives of garment workers in Bangladesh.
First, we have prepared a common set of fire and building safety standards for garment factories in Bangladesh by working with fire and building safety experts. These standards align with the Bangladesh National Building Code and also support the National Tripartite Plan of Action. As part of the Alliance’s commitment to transparency and collaboration, the draft standards were discussed at the ILO-convened meeting in Dhaka on September 7, and were shared in advance of that meeting with the ILO, the Accord, BGMEA, BUET, and the Bangladeshi Ministry of Labour and Employment. Our goal is to accelerate the identification of a common, shared set of standards that will ultimately result in making these factories safer.
Second, the Alliance has worked to develop a safety training curriculum framework that will be used with factory managers and employees. In addition, the Alliance is working to identify third parties in Bangladesh that can implement these training programs.
Third, as part of our commitment to improve worker empowerment, the Alliance has identified innovative technology solutions that will allow workers to anonymously report their safety concerns.
Fourth, Alliance members are in the process of completing their factory inventories and sharing that information with the Fair Factories Clearinghouse.
As programs and materials are finalized, they will be made available on this site. We will continue to work rapidly to bring change to the lives of garment workers in Bangladesh and are excited to collaborate closely with all our partners on the ground to expedite the Bangladesh Workers Safety Initiative. More information about the Alliance can be found at www.afbws.org.
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