International Accord for Health and Safety in the Textile and Garment Industry
Fire and building safety disasters have killed thousands of garment workers. The worst disaster in history was the 2013 Rana Plaza factory building collapse in Dhaka, Bangladesh, which killed 1,138 workers and injured a further 2,500.
These disasters are preventable. Workers had been calling for better safety protections for many years, and the Rana Plaza disaster provided a critical turning point that led to the development of the groundbreaking Bangladesh Accord (Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh), which has delivered critical safety gains for millions of garment workers.
The International Accord for Health and Safety in the Textile and Garment Industry commenced on 1 September 2021 and is the successor agreement to the Bangladesh Accord. The International Accord is vital in ensuring workers’ safety gains are maintained and progressed.
Over 170 international brands have signed-on, including many well-known Australian brands. We’re calling on all brands that produce in Bangladesh to stand up for worker safety by signing on to the International Accord today!
Two Aussie brands are lagging behind. Can you help push these brands in the right direction?