Accord country programs on worker health and safety

Signatories are committed to continuing health and safety programs in Bangladesh and starting Accord programs in other garment-producing countries.

Continued workplace safety in Bangladesh

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. Signatories continue their commitment to promoting safer garment and textile factories in Bangladesh through the RMG Sustainability Council (RSC) and remain committed to ensuring safe workplaces at over 1400 factories in Bangladesh.

New country program in Pakistan

In December 2022, the signatories decided to establish a new workplace safety program in Pakistan for an initial term of 3 years, starting in 2023. The Pakistan Accord includes all key International Accord features: independent safety inspections,  monitoring and supporting remediation, Safety Committee training and worker safety awareness program, an independent complaints mechanism, a commitment to broad transparency, and local capacity-building to enhance a culture of health and safety in the industry.

Exploring other Accord programs

Signatories to the International Accord are exploring new health and safety programs in other countries beyond Bangladesh and Pakistan, based on ongoing research by the Accord Secretariat. These studies include in-depth interviews, signatory surveys, and local stakeholder consultations.

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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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