Accord gets 281-day extension to hand over responsibility

Staff Correspondent

19th May, 2019 10:56:46 printer

Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh has got an extension of 281 days to finish the remaining remediation process in the country’s apparel sector.

Appellate Division of Supreme Court on Sunday has given more 281 days to Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh (Accord), a platform of European apparel buyers to improve safety standards in apparel sector, after hearing its appeal.

The Court said Accord can continue its activities for 281 days from May 8, when a memorandum of understanding was signed between Accord and Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) in this regard.

The BGMEA will form a cell in the Accord and they will jointly inspect and ensure safety and security of garments factories and workers in Bangladesh, the apex court said.

Earlier, the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh sought an extension of 281 days to complete remediation process in apparel sector.

As of now, the Accord has completed over 94percent of remediation works. So the demand for 281 days’ extension to complete the remaining remediation is not logical, BGMEA officials opined earlier.  

BGMEA also thought that Accord can complete its unfinished task much earlier than the extended time.

The BGMEA has planned to establishment a ‘RMG Sustainability Council (RSC)’ to given the importance of a full and independent national compliance monitoring system in Bangladesh.

The RSC will be governed by BGMEA, BKMEA, brands, and workers’ representatives. The Accord also agreed with them, said a press release of BGMEA on Sunday.

BGMEA said that both the parties also agreed to work on developing modalities for listing new factories within the safety regimes.  This MOU marks a departure from the past unilateral framework and establishes the route to self monitoring. As a gesture of goodwill of the BGMEA Board and ACCORD, this MOU represents the true spirit of collaboration in the transition.

The RSC will take over the structure, operation and resources of ACCORD as it phases out from Bangladesh in the 281 days of signing of this MOU.