24 January 2023: Accord Steering Committee member brands affirm their commitment to the workplace safety program in Pakistan, in close collaboration with their Pakistani suppliers and other stakeholders.
14 December 2022: Signatories to the International Accord for Health and Safety in the Textile and Garment Industry are establishing a comprehensive workplace health and safety program in Pakistan covering signatories' garment and textile suppliers.
28 October 2022: The Secretariat conducted brand surveys, desk research, and in-depth interviews between October 2021- January 2022 to measure interest, presence, and volume of signatory brands in key garment-producing countries.
1 September 2021: The International Accord for Health and Safety in the Garment and Textile Industry comes into effect with 77 garment brands.
The International Accord for Health and Safety in the Textile and Garment Industry is a legally binding agreement between more than 180 garment brands/retailers and global trade unions to make textile and garment factories safe. It came into effect on September 1, 2021, as the successor to the 2013 and 2018 Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh.
The agreement promotes workplace safety through independent inspections, remediation, and training programs and recognises the rights of workers to organise, refuse unsafe work and raise health and safety concerns.
Transparency and accountability
We see transparency and accountability as the backbone of advancing workplace safety. Through the publication of inspection reports, corrective action plans, safety complaints, and periodic reports of the Accord Steering Committee, the International Accord promotes transparency and accountability amongst brands, trade unions, and factories in the textile and garment supply chain.