Accord’s extension demanded by French audit company ICS
French audit company-Initiative for Compliance and Sustainability (ICS), on behalf its 20 France-based apparel brands and retailers member companies, including luxury department store chain Galeries Lafayette Group, sourcing garments from Bangladesh, urged to Bangladesh Prime Minister Shekih Hasina for extension of Accord’s tenure to ensure successful handover of the leadership to local authority – Remediation Coordination Cell (RCC). ICS is a multi-sectoral initiative of social and environmental audits, including textile and clothing, which works in more than 60 countries to improve working conditions along global supply chains.
ICS expressed its fear that the safety of Bangladesh RMG workers could be compromised, if an effective structure is not in place for complete handover of responsibility. Accord was formed immediately after the Rana Plaza building collapse by more than 200 global apparel brands and trade unions for five years to improve the safety parameters of the garment factories; its term which ended in June 2018 was extended until November 2018.
Less than fifty percent of all the Accord-covered factories have completed installation of adequate fire detection systems and less than 60 per cent have completed structural changes as per Accord’s specifications.Bangladesh News Region