“ACCORD 2018” BANGLADESH updated with more new signatories member.

More than 66% of the 220 organizations who signed the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh have now dedicated to the new assention set to become effective when the present agreement expires this month.
Some of the most important buyers like German sportswear seller Puma, UK market aggregate Sainsbury’s and Turkish denim maker Mavi are among the most recent to sign, taking the aggregate to 162 companies.
The new 2018 Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh – the alleged ‘2018 Accord’ or ‘ Transition Accord’ – expands the work as of now completed by the first five-year Accord, which was set up following the crumple of the Rana Plaza factory building in Dhaka in 2013 to supervise building and worker safety.
The new agreement extends the legally-binding commitment to factory safety in Bangladesh. It also strengthens the original Accord by expanding the work to other related facilities where there are significant safety issues, such as knitting, spinning and weaving; washing, dyeing and printing facilities; embroidery and accessories; home textiles; leather and footwear. In addition, the 2018 Accord includes new references to Freedom of Association and a complaints protocol to cover the right of workers to protect their own safety.
Pressure on more brands and retailers to commit to the ‘2018 Accord’ appears to be paying off, with 162 companies having done so to date.
Among the latest companies to commit to the new agreement are German sportswear maker Puma, UK supermarket group Sainsbury’s, Debenhams, Next, Fast Retailing, Marks & Spencer, Woolworths Australia, Helly Hansen, and Arcadia Group – nine firms previously named as among the biggest omissions.
Other new signatories include Turkish denim manufacturer Mavi, Belgian clothing brand Vegotex, UK clothing retailer Fat Face, HanesBrands-owned Knights Apparel, online children’s sports apparel manufacturer Outerstuff, and fashion retailer Shop Direct.
There are warnings that without collective and ongoing support, efforts to finish the task of remediating all worker safety issues will lose impetus – leading to increased risk for the brands, retailers, and investors who are connected to the long-term sustainability of the sector.


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