The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety (Alliance) is a legally binding, five-year commitment to improve safety in Bangladeshi ready-made garment (RMG) factories. The Alliance was organized in 2013 through the Bipartisan Policy Center with discussions convened and chaired by former U.S. Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell (D-ME) and former U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME), both of whom have a strong track record of forging consensus-oriented solutions. The collaborative process involved apparel industry companies and stakeholders including: the U.S. and Bangladeshi governments, policymakers, NGOs, members of civil society, and organized labor.
The Alliance provides an unprecedented opportunity for apparel, retail and branded company members to come together and put forward concrete solutions that will be transparent, results-oriented, measurable and verifiable. Collectively, the Alliance’s members represent the majority of North American imports of RMG from Bangladesh. The Alliance holds each member and their factories accountable to operate workplaces that are safe and effective in ensuring building and fire safety.
Our vision is that the Alliance will substantially improve worker safety in the ready-made-garment (RMG) industry by upgrading factories, educating workers and management, empowering workers, and building institutions that can enforce and maintain safe working conditions throughout Bangladesh. We work to achieve this vision through the implementation of initiatives in five strategic pillars:
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We partner with government, trade unions, and employers to ensure all workers are safe and their employment creates sustainable and positive economic development for Bangladesh. Through the Alliance’s activities and partnerships, we strive for a safer garment industry where fire and building integrity issues no longer result in any injuries or loss of life.