Focus Area: Workers
Fire & Building Safety
In June 2013 we signed up to the International Accord on Fire and Building Safety, an agreement between the international unions IndustryALL and UNI Global Union and a large number of international clothing companies. By signing the International Accord we are committed, over a period of five years, to contribute to improving fire and building safety in the Bangladeshi textile industry.
The International Accord was formed after a terrible accident in Dhaka, Bangladesh, where more than 1,100 workers died after a factory collapse. BESTSELLER did not have any relations with this factory, but the tragedy touched us deeply, and immediately after the accident we made an agreement with the Dutch NGO Solidaridad to review and, if required, improve fire and building safety at all our Bangladeshi supplier factories.
In 2013, we also entered into a partnership with the Danish government, NGOs and other textile companies in Denmark to improve the general conditions at textile factories in Bangladesh. Through this partnership, together with ETI the Danish Ethical Trading Initiative established a Social Dialogue project with the aim of promoting better workplace social dialogue by facilitating training for workers and management. BESTSELLER joined this project and afterwards, we have continued enrolling more factories in the project and started the process of integrating workplace social dialogue as a part of our Social Engagement Programme with suppliers in Bangladesh and India.