Accord Programs on Worker Health and Safety

Accord signatories are committed to enhancing factory safety by supporting the implementation of the Pakistan Accord, continuing the work in Bangladesh through the RSC, and conducting ongoing research to start Accord programs in additional garment-producing countries.

Pakistan Accord

In December 2022, Accord signatories agreed to establish a new workplace safety program in Pakistan for an initial term of 3 years. The resulting agreement is called the Pakistan Accord on Health & Safety in the Textile & Garment Industry (Pakistan Accord). The Pakistan Accord took effect on 1 January 2023 to ensure health and safety in the Pakistani textile and garment industry. Signatories to the Pakistan Accord are committed to fulfilling their obligations as outlined in this agreement until its expiration on 31 December 2025, with the possibility of renewal.

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Bangladesh Safety Agreement

The joint efforts of brands, trade unions, factories, and workers build upon the safety work undertaken by the Bangladesh Accord Agreements of 2013 and 2018. Under the International Accords of 2021 and 2023, signatories continue their commitment to promoting safer garment and textile factories in Bangladesh through the RMG Sustainability Council (RSC) and remain dedicated to ensuring safe workplaces at over 1400 factories in Bangladesh.

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New Accord Programs

Accord signatories are exploring new health and safety programs in other major garment-producing countries, leveraging ongoing research by the International Accord Secretariat. These studies encompass in-depth interviews, signatory surveys, and consultations with local stakeholders.

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Participate in our feasibility studies

Share your perspective on the feasibility of new workplace safety programs by participating in our feasibility studies as a brand or retailer, manufacturer, government department, worker rights organisation, or researcher.

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Accord Building Standard

Establishes minimum criteria to minimise danger to life from the effects of fire, structural and electrical hazards. Consistent with NFPA standards and the Bangladesh National Building Code (BNBC).

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How the Accord works

Explanation of the Accord’s work and flowchart depicting key steps in each program.

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Financial Remediation Guide

Guidance for factories and signatory companies to plan finance for remediation.

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