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Five years after the conception of the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, it has made significant progress towards a safe and healthy Ready-Made Garment (RMG) Industry in Bangladesh. A new Transition Accord now comes into effect.

To maintain and advance the progress of the original Accord, 140 brands and retailers, including BESTSELLER, have signed the 2018 Transition Accord with the transnational labour unions UNI Global Union and IndustriALL Global Union. The 2018 Transition Accord will come into effect on 1 June 2018 upon the expiry of the current Accord.

BESTSELLER was not involved with the Rana Plaza factory where a tragic collapse in 2013 sparked the conception of the Accord, but BESTSELLER was and still is an active player in Bangladesh, cooperating with 50 suppliers operating 74 factories. As one of the signatories of the original Accord on Fire and Building Safety and the 2018 Transition Accord, BESTSELLER continues to support factories in remediating issues found by Accord engineers and inspectors. BESTSELLER also uses the Accord remediation status of a potential factory as one of the core criteria when selecting new suppliers.

Accord status

By the end of 2017, 89 percent of the issues identified during inspections of BESTSELLER supplier factories were remediated. The overall Accord progress rate was at 83 percent.

The 2018 Transition Accord builds on the success of the current Accord by maintaining most of its existing provisions and updating it in light of experiences over the last four years. As a Sounding Board member BESTSELLER has taken an active part in defining the terms and conditions of the 2018 Transition Accord, and we are pleased to see industry unions and brands once again come together to focus on a common goal of making the Ready-Made-Garment industry in Bangladesh safe and sustainable.

About the Accord

The Accord is an independent, legally binding agreement between brands and trade unions designed to work towards a safe and healthy Ready-Made Garment Industry in Bangladesh. The purpose is to enable a working environment in which no worker needs to fear fires, building collapses, or other accidents that could be prevented with reasonable health and safety measures.

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