DHAKA, Bangladesh – The Board of Directors of the 29-brand Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety (Alliance) is in Dhaka this week to discuss plans to form a successor safety monitoring organization (SMO) that will carry forward the Alliance’s inspections, safety monitoring, training and helpline services once the Alliance’s 5-year term draws to a close at the end of 2018.
“Alliance member brands are ready to partner with the Bangladesh Government and the BGMEA to establish an independent, credible, locally led organization that will continue our important work,” said Ambassador James Moriarty, Alliance executive director. “We have seen progress in our talks to date, and we are encouraged by momentum toward a collective agreement on a sustained safety effort.”
Since its founding in 2013, the Alliance has brought about a sea change on safety within Alliance-affiliated factories. Remediation across more than 600 factories is 90% complete; 1.4 million workers in nearly 1,000 factories have access to the 24-hour Alliance helpline; 1.5 million workers have been trained in fire safety; and democratically elected Worker Safety Committees have been established in nearly 200 factories.
“Safe garment factories protect millions of workers, and they are critical to maintaining Bangladesh’s standing as a world leader in garment production,” Ambassador Moriarty said. “We are confident that reaching a multi-stakeholder agreement is the best way to continue supporting the safety and wellbeing of RMG workers across Bangladesh.”