24 May 2019

 

Predictions

  • Foreign firms in garment sector will continue to face reputational risks as national body takes responsibility for factory safety standards
  • Government will prioritise maintaining low manufacturing costs, making safety improvements unlikely
  • Disruptive workers’ strikes and reputational damage likely if major accident occurs under new national organisation

Analysis

The 2018 Transition Accord, a successor to the international Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh established after the 2013 Rana Plaza collapse, said on 19 May that its mandate to improve safety in the garment industry would end in 281 working days. The Accord will transfer its operations to a newly established national safety entity, the RMG Sustainability Council (RSC), governed by a board comprising representatives of…

 

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