Primark has committed today to signing the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, initiated by the IndustriALL and UNI Global Unions.
Under the terms of this agreement, signatories commit to financing and implementing a joint fire and building safety programme. This will include safety inspections, remediation and fire safety training at supplier factories.
The programme will build on the National Action Plan on Fire Safety (NAP), which aims to improve fire safety in Bangladesh. The Accord will align its activities with the NAP, and ensure a close collaboration, including for example establishing common programmes, liaison and advisory structures.
Primark welcomes the strong role within the Accord for the International Labour Organization (ILO).
The programme will complement the work already being carried out by Primark’s Ethical Trade team in Bangladesh for a number of years.
A spokesman said:
“Primark is very pleased to support this initiative. The company has consistently believed that the collaborative approach facilitated through this agreement was the most likely initiative to bring effective and sustainable change for the better to the Bangladeshi garment industry.”