The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety have been completed 85% of all required repairs in garments factories under them, in its fourth year of operating in Bangladesh, said its Country Director Jim Moriarty in ‘Alliance Annual Report 2017’ revealing in a press conference on 15 November in the city.
According to the report, 80% of high-priority repairs have been made while 234 Alliance affiliated factories have completed all materials items in their Corrective Action Plans (CAPs). It has suspended 162 non-compliant factories form the Alliance factory list. It has also established democratically elected worker safety committees, which give workers a voice in monitoring safety issues at 171 factories.
|Table1: Highlights from Alliance Annual Report of factory and workers safety|
|Currently Active Factories||658|
|Factories with all Material Items(Caps) Completed||234|
|Percent of all Remediation Items Completed||85%|
|Percent of High-priority items Completed||80%|
|Workers provided with initial Basic Fire Safety Training||1,482,301|
|Workers provided with Refresher Training||1,348,970|
|Security Guards Provided with initial Fire Safety Training||26,814|
|Security Guards Provided with Refresher Training||19,746|
|Factories with Access to Helpline||941|
|Workers Trained on Helpline Access||1,356,394|
|Workers who have received Wage Compensation||6,676|
|Factories with Democratically-elected Safety Committee||171|
The Report also said, more than 1.4 million workers have been trained in basic fore safety and 1.3 million have participated in refresher courses. Nearly 27,000 security guards have been trained in fire safety leadership, while nearly 20,000 have received refresher training.
Alliance country director said, “Our factories are demonstrably safer today than when the alliance began – and the hard work that factory owners have undertaken since 2013 is now paying off, as hundreds of factories are reaching CAP closure. No factories are suspended for failure under Alliance CAPs .
Moriarty also said, ‘We are in conversations now with International Labour Organization, Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association, Bangladesh government and other stakeholders so that a credible, independent effort to monitor factory safety remains long after the Alliance is gone.
The Alliance has designed a safety training workshop for senior factory managers and partnered with the BUET on a graduate level short course for Bangladesh Engineers.
Alliance for Bangladesh Worker safety is a platform of North American fashion brands and buyers that was formed in 2013 as a legally-binding, five-year commitment to improve safety at Bangladeshi factories, following the Rana Plaza disaster earlier that year. Currently 29 international brand and retailers companies are members of Alliance.
Paul Rigby, Deputy Country Director & Chief Safety Officer (CSO), Scott Lercel, Senior Executive, Quamrunnessa Babli, Director of Operations, Alliance were also present at the Press briefing.
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