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Government Review Panel: Factory Closures

In May 2014, the Bangladesh Ministry of Labour and Employment formulated a Review Panel to assess recommendations for closure of factory buildings by inspection teams under the Alliance, the Accord on Fire and Building Safety (Accord), or the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET). The Review Panel is composed of engineers from the Alliance, BUET and the Accord, the Director General of the Department of Factories and Establishments from the Bangladesh Government as well as representatives of BGMEA, BKMEA and IndustriAll.

Recommendations are submitted to the Review Panel if immediate risks or imminent danger from structural integrity are found during a factory inspection. Following receipt of a report from one of the three initiatives, the Review Panel immediately convenes a visit to the concerned factory. The participating engineers, under a unanimous decision, then present final recommendations to the Inspector General, who may order full or partial closure of factory operations as necessary. If the factory is closed due to the Review Panel findings, the factory may be re-opened only after due remediation is completed and the Review Panel has given its unanimous recommendation confirming improved structural integrity.

The Alliance has submitted the following factories to the Review Panel for consideration of factory suspension or closure – the details of each case can be found in the linked summary reports. For those factories where a factory closure was necessary, the Alliance worked with the factory management to ensure that compensation was provided by the factory and/or the Alliance.

Total factories referred to Review Panel: 35
Factory NameReview Panel RecommendationCurrent Operating StatusAlliance Status
Artistic ApparelsPartial closureOpenSuspended
Ashiana Garments LtdOperate with reduced loadOpenSuspended
Bay Fashion LimitedPermanent closureClosed (voluntary)Suspended
Benhid Apparels LtdPartial closureClosed (voluntary)Suspended
Bonny Apparels LtdPartial closureOpenSuspended
Clifton Cotton Mills LtdPartial closureOpenParticipating
Darda Knitwears LtdTemporary closureOpenSuspended
Fortune Fashion LtdPartial closureOpenSuspended
Global Merchants LtdOperate with reduced loadOpenParticipating
H.B. Fashions LtdPartial closureOpenSuspended
Hi-Fashion LtdPartial closureOpenSuspended
HKC Apparels LtdPartial closureOpenParticipating
HKTG Garments (Pvt) LtdPartial closureOpenSuspended
Jan FabricPermanent closureClosed (voluntary)Suspended
Lovecraft Garments (Pvt) LtdPartial closureClosed (voluntary)Suspended
Lyric Apparels LtdTemporary closureOpenSuspended
Maggie & Liz CorpPartial closureOpenSuspended
Maks Fashion LimitedPartial closureClosed (voluntary)Suspended
MAM Garments LimitedPermanent closureClosed (voluntary)Suspended
Mass FashionPermanent closureClosed (voluntary)Suspended
Mika Fashion LtdPartial closureClosed (voluntary)Suspended
Montex Apparels LtdPermanent closureClosedSuspended
Nazia ApparelsTemporary closureOpenSuspended
Pinery Textile LimitedPartial closureOpenParticipating
Rhythm Apparels LtdPermanent closureClosed (required by Review Panel)Suspended
Rhythm Garments LtdPermanent closureClosed (required by Review Panel)Suspended
RSI Apparels LimitedPermanent closureOpenSuspended
RT Classic LtdTemporary closureOpenSuspended
Savannah Apparels LtdPartial closureClosed (voluntary)Suspended
Stylecraft LtdPartial closureOpenParticipating
That's It Fashion LtdPermanent closureClosedSuspended
The Finery LtdOperate with reduced loadOpenParticipating
Tusuka Trousers LtdPartial closureOpenSuspended
Unity FashionPermanent closureOpenSuspended
Valient Garments LimitedPartial closureClosed (voluntary)Suspended

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