New common safety standards for Bangladeshi Garment Factories
Three parallel safety pacts have agreed on common safety standards for factory inspections in Bangladesh
Experts from the Accord on fire and Safety in Bangladesh, led by mostly European retailers, the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, led by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Gap.Inc., and the Bangladesh National Tripartite Action Plan, agreed to adopt unified standards which would simplify inspections and avoid duplication.
The agreement will still need final approval from the steering committees of the three programmes is a significant breakthrough in the international effort to raise standards in Bangladesh’s garment industry. Accord and Alliance officials confirmed the agreement allowing experts of all three pacts to collaborate and to share information.