SAI Welcomes the Accord on Fire & Building Safety in Bangladesh

The Accord strengthens a multi-stakeholder coalition to ensure safe working conditions

Updated: May 23, 2013
Initial Release: May 14, 2013

SAI welcomes the sector-wide Accord on Fire Safety and Building Safety in Bangladesh. It provides an inclusive process for key private sector stakeholders to cooperate, seeking to ensure safe working conditions in Bangladesh. It links these to the Bangladesh Tri-Partite Agreement and the National Action Plan, and centralizes the role of the International Labour Organization (ILO).  We hope that under IndustriALL and UNI Global Union’s leadership it will draw a very wide coalition.

 The timing of this Accord is of critical importance. In the past 6 months, the world has witnessed devastating industrial disasters that have claimed the lives of over 1,000 workers in Bangladesh. These disasters underscore the broader infrastructure risks that workers in Bangladesh and other very high risk sourcing countries face every day. We are pleased that three SAI Corporate Program Members have signed onto this Accord: Tchibo GmbH; Otto and Switcher. Most SAI Corporate Program members do not work in the garment sector and/or do not source from Bangladesh.   

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