Denmark’s brands Bestseller, IC Companys, DK Company, PWT Group, COOP Denmark, and Danish Supermarket agree to sign up to the Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Accord which now is backed by more than 60 global brands.
In the wake of the Rana Plaza factory collapse earlier this year the Danish trade Minister Pia Olsen Dyhr urged the companies to add their names to the agreement which aims to improve safety conditions in Bangladesh’s garment factories.
The Accord brokered by IndustriALL and UNI Global Union in a strong alliance with leading NGOs, the Clean Clothes Campaign and the Workers Right Consortium, now covers around 2000 of Bangladesh’s 4000 garment factories. It provides for a binding program of fire and building safety reforms based on independent inspections, worker-led health and safety committees and union access to factories. Signatories commit to underwrite improvements in dangerous factories and properly confront fire safety and structural problems.
Philip Jennings, UNI Global Union General Secretary: “We had a lively and informal exchange with the retailers present. We welcome the decision by these six great Danish retailers to sign the agreement. This is another important day for the Accord which continues to grow in scope. The retail sector is answering the call for a socially responsible supply chain. We know that lives depend on it, with the will to succeed shown by the Danish companies and the 60 plus brands who have signed the Accord we will achieve the goal of making Bangladeshi garment factories safer places to work. (…)There can be no excuses in terms of cost or process to not join the Accord. The Danish companies took their time and have made the right decision.”