To further our goal of identifying a common set of fire and building safety standards for garment factories in Bangladesh, the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety is releasing draft standards to be discussed at the upcoming ILO-convened meeting in Dhaka on September 7.
In the spirit of transparency and collaboration, we shared these standards with the ILO, Accord, BGMEA, BUET, and the Bangladeshi Ministry of Labour and Employment in advance of the meeting. We hope that by sharing our approach in advance of these discussions, we can help accelerate the process to identify a common, shared set of standards that will ultimately serve to make garment factories in Bangladesh safer. The draft Alliance Standards were created in conjunction with fire and building safety experts, and developed with a commitment to align with the Bangladesh National Building Code, and is in support of the National Tripartite Plan of Action. These draft standards are exclusively focused on the technical aspects of fire and building safety. The Alliance continues to advance its mission to improve safety for Bangladesh garment workers through separate, but closely related work streams focused on worker empowerment and worker training. Updates on those efforts will be shared in the days and weeks ahead.