A Bangladesh appellate court has accepted the agreement signed in May between the Accord Steering Committee and the Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) that has the endorsement of the government. This will result in the 2018 Transition Accord and Accord Bangladesh office and operations continuing in Bangladesh for 281 working days.
The agreement will lead to the setting up of a national readymade garments (RMG) safety entity to be called the RMG Sustainability Council (RSC). After the transition period, the RSC will take over all Accord Bangladesh operations and will inherit the Accord infrastructure and staff, according to an Accord press release.
The RSC will be governed by a structure consisting of representatives of the BGMEA, global brands, and global and national trade unions. The RSC will work in cooperation with the government to ensure the work of the RSC compliments the work of the government’s Remediation Coordination Cell.
Over the course of this next year, the Accord in Bangladesh will work intensively with the BGMEA so that they gain an intimate knowledge of the Accord’s day-to-day work, operations, systems, protocols, data management, and disclosure related to the core functions of the Accord: inspections and remediation, safety training, safety complaint resolution and public reporting.
The BGMEA and Accord Steering Committee will also finalise the practical details related to the establishment and functioning of the RSC.
Through the agreement, all operations, staff, infrastructure and functions of the Accord will continue. All existing transparency features of the Accord will also be maintained, including full disclosure of all results of inspection and remediation activities on a public website. (DS)
Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India