Clothing companies voice support for the Bangladesh Accord

11 April 2019

A number of clothing companies that signed the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile, are actively speaking out in favor of preserving the Bangladesh Accord. On Monday April 15th, the Bangladesh Supreme Court is expected to reach a decision on whether the Accord has to close its offices in Bangladesh. The hearing has already been postponed several times.

The international website of the Clean Clothes Campaign shows an overview of the clothing brands that actively support the Accord. This includes CKT-signatories We Fashion, G-Star, Esprit, C&A, Fristads, Schijvens, Yongo, Hema, and Hunkemöller.

Bangladesh Accord

The Bangladesh Accord is an independent organisation that inspects factory sites in Bangladesh to identify health and safety risks in the workplace. The Accord was set up in 2013 after the collapse of Rana Plaza, an enormous factory building. It is an independent organisation, co-founded by the international trade union movement, civil society organisations and businesses. Some 200 businesses worldwide have signed the Accord, including a number of signatories to the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile. The first Accord was valid from 2013 to 2018. A follow-up to the earlier agreements was to run from 2018 to 2021, after which the Bangladeshi government would assume responsibility for the inspections.

Involved in the IRBC agreement

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