On 24 April 2013, the collapse of Rana Plaza in
Bangladesh killed more than 1,100 workers and injured thousands
more. Although not the first garment factory tragedy of its kind,
it finally brought to the world's attention the importance of
fire and building safety in the Third World, consumers' demand
for more ethical fashion, and the establishment of the Bangladesh
Many brands have signed up to the Accord, including Australian
signatories Cotton On, Forever New, Pacific Brands, Specialty
Fashion Group, Target, Woolworths and Pretty Girl Fashion
Here are the top 5 things you need to know about it:
What is it? The Accord brings together the
United Nation's International Labour Organization, Bangladeshi
and international unions, the Bangladesh government and garment
companies around the world to oversee the safety of over 1,600
garment factories in Bangladesh.
Who does it apply to? All brands with garment
manufacturers in Bangladesh should consider signing the Bangladesh
What is involved? By signing, you enter into a
5 year binding commitment to:
conduct independent safety inspections (and publish these
financially assist any repairs required to the factories;
train workers in occupational health and safety; and
maintain consistent order volumes throughout the term.
How do I become a member? Membership is
straight forward. Read and sign the
Accord, disclose your factory and yearly manufacturing volume
from Bangladesh, pay the relevant fee and attend an induction.
What fees apply? The fees depend on the
manufacturing volume ordered from Bangladesh, ranging from USD1,000
to USD500,000 in the first year.
As ethical fashion moves up a notch, we believe this is a move
in the right direction for the fashion-forward.
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