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The new '2018 Accord' agreement extends the legally-binding commitment to factory safety in Bangladesh
186 companies have now signed the new Bangladesh worker safety pact – the '2018 Accord' or 'Transition Accord' – with Australian apparel retailer The Just Group, and non-profit organisation Global Impact among the latest to commit. Here we list the signatories so far.
The new 2018 Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh – the so-called '2018 Accord' or 'Transition Accord' – extends the work already carried out by the original five-year Accord, which was set up following the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory building in Dhaka in 2013 to oversee building and worker safety.
Intended as a three-year arrangement, the '2018 Transition Accord' was last month given an extension to its mandate by the Bangladesh government in a move that now means it will operate through 30 November 2018.
The new agreement extends the legally-binding commitment to factory safety in Bangladesh. It also strengthens the original Accord by expanding the work to other related facilities where there are significant safety issues, such as knitting, spinning and weaving; washing, dyeing and printing facilities; embroidery and accessories; home textiles; leather and footwear. In addition, the 2018 Accord includes new references to Freedom of Association and a complaints protocol to cover the right of workers to protect their own safety.
Pressure on more brands and retailers to commit to the '2018 Accord' appears to be paying off, with 186 companies having done so to date.
Among the latest companies to commit to the new agreement are Australian apparel retailer The Just Group, and non-profit organisation Global Impact. Also onboard are German sportswear maker Puma, UK supermarket group Sainsbury's, Debenhams, Next, Fast Retailing, Marks & Spencer, Woolworths Australia, Helly Hansen, and Arcadia Group – nine firms previously named as among the biggest omissions.
Other recent signatories include Malta's Padma Textiles, underwear and swimwear brand L. ten Cate, Finnish retailing conglomerate Kesko, the Netherlands' Verburgt Fashion, sportswear brand Intersport, US clothing brand Bearbottom Clothing, which donates a pair of shorts to a child in need in Bangladesh for every item it sells, Turkish denim manufacturer Mavi, Belgian clothing brand Vegotex, UK clothing retailer Fat Face, HanesBrands-owned Knights Apparel, online children's sports apparel manufacturer Outerstuff, and fashion retailer Shop Direct.
Among the biggest omissions are Australia's Pacific Brands.
There are warnings that without collective and ongoing support, efforts to finish the task of remediating all worker safety issues will lose impetus – leading to increased risk for the brands, retailers, and investors who are connected to the long-term sustainability of the sector.
Below is a list of the signatories as of 2 August 2018.
|A&M Holmberg||Maxi Maternity Maternity Dress ASOS Mesh TALL ASOS Embroidery Finland|
|Alma Mater Wear||US|
|American Eagle Outfitters||US|
|APG and Co||Australia|
|Casino Global Sourcing||Hong Kong|
|Cencosud Paris and Johnson||Maxi ASOS Mesh Maternity TALL ASOS Dress Embroidery Maternity France|
|Cotton On Group||Australia|
|Dansk Supermarked Group||Denmark|
|Embroidery ASOS Dress ASOS Maternity Mesh Maternity TALL Maxi Desigual||Spain|
|TALL ASOS Mesh Maxi Embroidery Maternity Maternity ASOS Dress DISTRA Warenhandelsgesellschaft||Germany|
|ASOS Maternity ASOS Maternity Embroidery Maxi TALL Dress Mesh DK Company||Denmark|
|Edinburgh Woollen Mill||UK|
|El Corte Inglés||Spain|
|Emergo Textile Projects BV (ETP)||Netherlands|
|Euro Shoe Group||Netherlands|
|TALL Dress Mesh ASOS Maternity Embroidery Maxi Maternity ASOS Fat Face||UK|
|Fruit of the Loom||US|
|Hanson Im- und Export||Germany|
|HKG Garment Solution||Germany|
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|TALL ASOS Maternity ASOS Maternity Dress Embroidery Mesh Maxi Intersport||Sweden|
|Juritex Import & Export GmbH||Germany|
|L. ten Cate||Netherlands|
|Licensing Essentials Pty Ltd||Australia|
|Maternity Dress Maternity TALL Mesh ASOS Maxi Embroidery ASOS Madness Sport||Greece|
|Marks & Spencer||UK|
|New Agenda by Perrin||US|
|Oceania Trading Asia||UK|
|New Wave Group||Sweden|
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|Paprika CassisStrap Love Fluted Dress Love With Hem Lace Triangle Cami Triangle xZxqI1R||Luxembourg|
|Prénatal Moeder & Kind||Netherlands|
|Prenatal Retail Group (Prenatal: BimboStore; Mawi)||Italy|
|RNB Retail and Brands||Sweden|
|s.Oliver Bernd Freier||Germany|
|Schmidt Group||Hong Kong|
|Schijvens Confectiefabriek Hilvarenbeek||Netherlands|
|Specialty Fashion Group||Australia|
|Star Brands Apparel||UK|
|Suprema Strick- und Wirkwarenfabrik||Germany|
|The Just Group||AustraliaSleeves Dress With Prom Chi Hem High Chi Low Chi Chi London Lace London Sz6xvU7|
|The Sting House of Brands||Netherlands|
|Top Grade International||Hong Kong|
|Van der Erve||Belgium|
|Voice Norge AS||Norway|
|WE Europe BV||Netherlands|
|Workwear Group Pty Ltd||Australia|
For a list of companies that signed the original Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, click on the following link:
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