Eight factories got certificates from Fire Service Civil Defence (FSCD) for maintaining fire safety standard at a programme held at the FSCD headquarters in the capital on Wednesday.
The eight factories are: TM Fashion Limited, Gardenia Wears Limited, Lalmai Footwear Limited, Crown Exclusive Wears Limited, Concord Raiment Wear Limited, Blue Planet Knitwear Limited, Ratul Knitwear Ltd and Jamuna Apparels Limited.FSCD in collaboration with GEMO, a fashion brand of France, organised the certificate distribution ceremony titled ‘Fire safety audit’.
Lt Col Zillur Rahman, director of FSCD (operations and maintenance), was present as the chief guest at the programme.
GEMO and FSCD also handed over certificates to 15 fire fighters for their best performances in fire inspection.
Nocolas Lanvoc, manager of GEMO (social and environmental audit department), was present as the representative of GEMO.
In his speech, Lt Col Zillur Rahman said, “We are very happy to announce that some of the factories, who are working under GEMO, have shown their satisfactory standard regarding fire safety. As to why, we want to hand over a sort of memento. They will receive certificates from us.”
“In Bangladesh, we’re yet to achieve the fire safety standard for all the factories. But, the good news is especially for those who are working under big buyers like GEMO and others. They are doing better than the local industries.”He also said, “Fire safety is such a thing that it not only protects your investment, but it also protects valuable lives of workers. So, in order to protect money and valuable lives, we must ensure safety, including fire safety.”
In his speech, Nocolas Lanvoc said, “Our main aim is to motivate other factories so that they can improve their fire safety standard.”
“We can’t improve the fire safety of a factory overnight. It needs time to improve the condition,” he further said.
He said, “We’ve signed an agreement with the director general (DG) of FSCD in 2017 for improvement of fire safety. Currently, we’re working with 85 factories in Bangladesh. After the Rana Plaza collapse, the factories are improving their fire safety standard. Bangladesh is now better than any other countries.”
Currently, GEMO is working with 85 factories of Bangladesh. They buy 15 million pieces of garments and footwear items from Bangladesh annually.
GEMO sold around 70 million pieces of garments, footwear and other items annually worldwide. They also buy products from many Asian countries, including China, India, Cambodia and Myanmar. Mozammel Hoque, Bangladesh sustainability manger of GEMO, conducted the programme.
He said, “The certificates are not for life time. It has one-year validity so that they will keep their fire safety standard.”