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EU consortium to start inspecting RMG factories from November

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DHAKA, SEPT 23: A 87 member EU consortium of retailers and international brands – Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh –expected to start inspection of Bangladesh RMG factories that supply them necessary apparels from early November. BGMEA (Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association) Vice President Md Shahidullah Azim informed the press about the Accord time-bound action after a meeting with members of Accord.
BGMEA delegation, led by its vice president Shahidullah Azim, held a hour long discussion meeting with visiting Accord members led by its interim executive director Sean Ansett. They discussed the nitty-gritty of technicalities of the inspection, the mode of operandi and about the unified code of conduct.
The EU has formed the “Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh??? and announced its action plan in the Swiss city of Geneva on July 8.  Alternatively, the North American retailers’ alliance unveiled its five-year safety plan for Bangladesh garment factories on July 9 which will include inspecting within a year every factory they use for outsourcing clothing.
EU customers who are part of the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh have listed 1800 factories that currently supply them with garments, while the North Americans in the Alliance for Bangladesh Workers Safety identified some 600 factories for inspection.
Azim said, they are preparing a parameter on assessment of risks of RMG factories which will be submitted to the International Labour Organisation (ILO) at the end of the current month to help ILO in forming a common standard on fire and building safety. In addition, an updated list of 1800 factories they use for outsourcing will also be submitted to the ILO, he added.
During the meeting, Sean Ansett told the BGMEA that chief executive director and chief inspector of Accord would be appointed by the first week of November. After their appointment, Azim said, it is expected to start the inspection of supply factories from the first week of November.
He also said it would take about a year to inspect all the 1800 factories which are used by the signatories of the accord. Under the accord, there will be two types of fund, one is common fund for training and inspection and another is collective fund, the BGMEA vice president said.

– http://www.theindependentbd.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=187072:eu-consortium-to-start-inspecting-rmg-factories-from-november&catid=110:business-others&Itemid=156

Garments Factory in Bangladesh

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