The Accord is an independent agreement designed to make all garment factories in Bangladesh safe workplaces. It includes independent safety inspections at factories and public reporting of the results of these inspections.
Where safety issues are identified, retailers commit to ensuring that repairs are carried out, that sufficient funds are made available to do so, and that workers at these factories continue to be paid a salary.
The Accord is a legally binding agreement. It has been signed by over 150 apparel corporations from 20 countries in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia; two global trade unions, IndustriALL and UNI; and numerous Bangladeshi unions. Clean Clothes Campaign, Workers’ Rights Consortium, International Labor Rights Forum and Maquila Solidarity Network are NGO witnesses to the Accord. The International Labour Organisation (ILO) acts as the independent chair.
- Interactive Guardian guide to Rana Plaza collapse
- Interactive Guardian feature on the Bangladeshi garment industry
- A blood stained garment sector: impunity of government officials and factory owners – Odhikar report
- After Rana Plaza – Social Europe Report
- February 2015 update from the Bangladesh Accord team