Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety

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Progress Reports

The Alliance is committed to providing regular updates on the initiative’s progress and activities, and to seeking external evaluation of the effectiveness—and areas for future work—of its core programs.  Below are the latest documents for public download.

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Partnerships

The Alliance is working with worker organizations, factory owners, NGOs, civil society, technical and engineering consultants, industry associations, educational and training institutions, and the government of Bangladesh to ensure that safety improvements are technically sound, impactful, and sustainable. Specific partners include:

  • National Fire Protection Association
  • International Finance Corporation

Alliance Achieves Factory Safety Milestone: 400 Factories Complete Remediation

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Remediation progress reaches 91%; Alliance suspends five factories for failing to progress

DHAKA, Bangladesh — The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety (“Alliance”) announced today that 36 more Alliance-affiliated factories completed all material components outlined in their Corrective Action Plans (CAPs) since the month of July, bringing the total to 400. To date, 91 percent of factory remediation is complete across all Alliance factories.

Alliance to Transition Landmark Amader Kotha Worker Helpline to Independent Initiative, Expanding Access to Millions More Workers

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DHAKA, Bangladesh—The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety (Alliance) announced today that its landmark confidential 24/7 worker helpline—Amader Kotha (“Our Voice”)—will transition this month to an independent initiative which will now have the ability to expand its services beyond Alliance factories. The Alliance made the announcement as it moves toward transitioning its factory safety and worker empowerment initiatives to an independent Safety Monitoring Organization (SMO) managed in partnership with credible, local partners.

“Amader Kotha has empowered hundreds of thousands of garment workers to report issues of concern anonymously and without fear of retribution,” said Amb. Jim Moriarty, executive director of the Alliance. “We are incredibly proud to leave the Helpline as a legacy, and that this important resource will continue, and grow, under the leadership of the Helpline project partners.”

Alliance Statement on the Fifth Anniversary of its Founding

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DHAKA, Bangladesh—Five years ago today, more than two dozen leading North American apparel companies, retailers and brands joined together to form the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, a legally binding, five-year initiative to dramatically improve worker safety in Bangladesh’s ready-made garment (RMG) sector.

Today, 90 percent of Alliance factory remediation is complete, more than 1.5 million workers have been trained to protect themselves in case of a fire emergency, and a confidential helpline is available to 1.5 million workers, 24 hours a day. Most importantly, there has been zero loss of life due to a structural, electrical or fire-related accident in a factory where the Alliance has led on remediation.

364 Alliance Factories Achieve CAP Completion

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364 Alliance Factories Achieve CAP Completion
The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety | July 8, 2018

90% of remediation is now complete across Alliance Factories

 

DHAKA, Bangladesh— The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety (“Alliance”) announced today that during the month of June, 18 additional Alliance-affiliated factories completed all material components outlined in their Corrective Action Plans (CAPs), bringing the total to 364.

“We commend the commitment these factories have made to prioritize safety for their workers, and we thank them for setting a standard for others to follow,” said Alliance Executive Director Amb. Jim Moriarty.

Across all Alliance factories, 90% of all required factory remediation has been completed, laying the groundwork for the Alliance’s planned transition to a Safety Monitoring Organization (SMO) that will include Bangladesh leadership and oversee safety inspection and monitoring, worker training and the 24-7 Amader Kotha helpline beginning in 2019.

“The work of the Alliance and its partners to overhaul factory safety has made a significant difference within the RMG industry in Bangladesh,” said Kathleen Almand, Vice President of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). “My colleagues at NFPA and I are optimistic about the future, and we look forward to seeing how these gains will be built upon as the Alliance transitions its work.”

The current status of each Alliance factory can be found on the Alliance website.

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About the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety

The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety was founded by a group of North American apparel companies, retailers and brands who joined together to develop and launch the Bangladesh Worker Safety Initiative, a legally binding, five-year undertaking that is transparent, results-oriented, measurable and verifiable with the intent of improving safety in Bangladeshi ready-made garment (RMG) factories. The Alliance provides global apparel companies and retailers the unprecedented opportunity to come together and put forward concrete solutions to issues that impact apparel and retail industries worldwide. More information about the Alliance can be found at www.bangladeshworkersafety.org.

Alliance Statement on the Fifth Anniversary of the Rana Plaza Collapse

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DHAKA, Bangladesh – Five years ago today, the collapse of the Rana Plaza building claimed the lives of 1,134 men and women, left thousands more injured and changed the Bangladesh garment industry forever. We pause today to honor the victims of this unspeakable tragedy.

In the aftermath of the disaster, stakeholders from across the industry came together to bring about a sea change in factory safety in Bangladesh. Today, millions of men and women who make a living in Bangladesh’s garment industry work in factories that meet international safety standards. They have been trained to protect themselves in case of an emergency. And they have tools to bring immediate attention to safety concerns, including a confidential, 24-hour helpline. The Alliance is proud to have played a role in driving these achievements.

With Alliance factory remediation nearing completion, our factories have reached the starting line for safety, not the finish line. Brands, factory owners and the Bangladesh government now have a shared responsibility to sustain these gains. That is why the Alliance will join with credible, local partners in the weeks ahead to form a joint entity that will continue to oversee inspections, monitoring, worker training and helpline services over the long term.

Alliance Cites Progress Toward a Collective Agreement on Worker Safety

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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.”

Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety Announces Unprecedented Progress in Factory Safety, Worker Empowerment

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Remarks from Ambassador Jim Moriarty, Alliance Executive Director, at Quarter One Press Conference

DHAKA, Bangladesh – Today, the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety (Alliance) held its Q1 press conference to announce progress updates on factory remediation and safety training at hundreds of ready-made garment factories in Bangladesh. The following are excerpts from remarks made by Ambassador Jim Moriarty, executive director of the Alliance.

“I am pleased to note that the Alliance continues to achieve unprecedented progress in our efforts to improve safety within the ready-made garment industry in Bangladesh. Our factory remediation work is progressing at a rapid pace, and we remain on track to meet our stated commitments by the end of the year.

More Than 300 Alliance Factories Have Achieved all Materials Components in their Corrective Action Plans

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2017 closes with significant remediation progress achieved

DHAKA, Bangladesh – The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety (Alliance) announced today that in the month of December 2017, fifty-four additional Alliance-affiliated factories completed all material components outlined in their Corrective Action Plans (CAPs), bringing the total to 301.

“Each of these factories deserves our commendation for working hard to achieve the Alliance’s strict safety standards,” said Alliance Executive Director Amb. Jim Moriarty. “Their progress sets the tone for 2018, and furthers our mission of ushering in a culture of safety in the Bangladesh garment industry.”

Thirteen More Alliance Factories Achieve all Material Components in their Corrective Action Plans; Operations Suspended in One Other

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Alliance sustains strong progress as 2018 nears

DHAKA, Bangladesh – The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety announced today that since the release of the fourth Annual Report on November 10, thirteen additional Alliance-affiliated factories completed all material components outlined in their Corrective Action Plans (CAPs), bringing the total to 247.

“We commend each of these factories for fulfilling their commitment to provide safer working conditions for their employees,” said Alliance Executive Director Amb. Jim Moriarty.

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