Alliance suspended factories increases to 156

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The number of companies that completed Completion of their Corrective Action Plans (CAPs) stood at 92 whereas suspended factories reached at 156, according to a press statement of the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety. The platform of North American buyers, has announced that during the month of June, ten additional Alliance-affiliated factories completed all material components outlined in their Corrective Action Plans (CAPs), whereas two factories were suspended from the Alliance compliant factory list.

The factories that achieve the CAP completion include Bengal Windsor Thermoplastics Ltd., JMS Garments Ltd., Karnaphuli Sportswear Ind. Ltd., Lalmai Sportswear Ind. Ltd., Mars Sportswear Ltd., Mehnaz Styles and Craft Ltd., Titas Sportswear Ind. Ltd., Toy Woods (BD) Co Ltd., Union Accessories Ltd., and Youngone Sports Shoes Inds. Ltd.

“We commend each of these factories for making workplace safety a top priority. Working together, we can make safer garment factories the rule, not the exception, in Bangladesh,” said Alliance Country Director Jim Moriarty.

Boiler blast
Figure 1: Site of the boiler blast in a renowned Bangladeshi RMG producer called Multifabs Ltd. Alliance expressed their sadness on the incident.

Alliance expressed its deep sadness on the deadly boiler explosion at Multifabs Ltd., a garment factory in Gazipur, which has claimed the lives of 13 workers and injured at least 40 others, at the same time it reiterated their responsibility to ensure workplace safety in all factories in Bangladesh.

The Alliance also continued to enforce accountability measures for factories that failed to make adequate remediation progress. In June, two factories were suspended from the Alliance compliant factory list, because of their lack of progress in one or more Alliance programs, thereby failing to make progress in ensuring a safe working environment. If suspended factories wish to reestablish participation in the Alliance process, they will need to undergo a new inspection at their own cost.

The two suspended factories are B.H.I.S. Apparels Ltd. and Liberty Poly Zone (BD) Ltd. Last month, Alliance suspended six factories that failed to make adequate remediation progress.

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