Alliance suspended factories list swelling

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Steady progress is continued in compliance process to the member factories of Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, a platform of North American buyers, which announced six additional Alliance-affiliated factories compliant for fulfilling all material components outlined in their Corrective Action Plans (CAPs). It brings the total number of factories that have reached this milestone to 66. On the other hand, seven new factories were suspended from the Alliance compliant list in February, which bringing the total number of those suspended to 134.

The new six compliant factories include Envoy Design Ltd, Envoy Fashion Ltd, Kenpark Bangladesh (PVT) Ltd, Manta Apparels Ltd, Mohara Asian Apparels Ltd and Youngone (CEPZ) Ltd (Extension Building).

Quoting Alliance Country Director Jim Moriarty a statement said, “We commend these six factories for prioritizing remediation, and in doing so, achieving a substantially higher standard of workplace safety.”

“When factories commit to continuous improvement, profound change in Bangladesh’s garment industry shifts from possibility to reality,” the statement added.

The Alliance also continued to uphold accountability measures for factories that failed to prioritize remediation.

The Alliance requires building safety assessments for all ready-made garment (RMG) factories producing for its members in Bangladesh. It performs independent inspections on structural, electrical and fire safety of all member factories. Based on the findings of inspection, it prescribes CAPs for factories to declare them compliant.  However, CAP completion is only the first step in constructing a continuous improvement culture focused on improving workplace safety.

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