It has made this clear in a statement on initial inspections at
joint Accord-Alliance factories on Aug 15.
However, it will only consider
inspection reports done by firms that are directly hired by Alliance.
statement indicates a difference between the European clothing retailers’
association, Accord, and the North American brands’ group, Alliance, over
accepting inspection reports on factories that produce garments for buyers from
BGMEA, the apex body of readymade garment traders, fears
this will put over 300 factories, manufacturers for both European and North
American brands, in trouble.
Despite Accord’s concern for avoiding
duplication of inspection, its new stance could further put off workers’ safety
in factories that cater to both.
It is important to note that Accord does
not provide wages to workers temporarily laid-off because of factory
The statement says persons working under the guidance of
Accord’s Chief Safety Inspector carried out Accord’s inspections.
other hand, Alliance carries out its inspection in two ways: through hired firms
and firms hired by Alliance brands.
Accord made it clear that it would
not accept inspection reports done by any individual Alliance
Accord said it would accept inspection reports prepared by firms
hired by Alliance as long as they met some of its criteria.
condition says Accord’s Chief Safety Engineer would endorse all corrective
actions plan, in which the brands are obliged to provide funds to make the
factories safer through renovation.
The second one says Accord programmes
will be fully carried out, including follow up inspections, during the
The third criterion says all Accord obligations will
remain in full effect for its brands, including remediation financing,
regardless of whether Alliance brands accept these obligations.
Accord’s new stance, BGMEA President Md Atiqul Islam told bdnews24.com:
“Accord’s latest stance about the inspection of joint factories will mean more
trouble for more than 300 such factories.”
Alliance accepted inspection
reports done by Accord-hired firms, he said.
“We are going to send an
official letter to Accord urging the group to accept Alliance’s inspection
reports. Otherwise, the differences over inspection will cost joint factories
dearly in terms of money, time and effort.”
In the wake of the Rana Plaza
collapse at Savar that killed over a thousand readymade garment factory workers,
European clothing brands signed the five-year Accord on Fire and Building Safety
in Bangladesh, better known as the Accord.
Likewise, North American
brands formed Alliance to promote labour rights and workplace safety in
Bangladesh garment factories that make clothes for them.
over 800 factories until June this year, whereas Alliance inspected 587
factories, including the joint factories.