“Retailers’ efforts to promote workplace safety are not limited to Bangladesh; however the recent tragedies have highlighted the need to focus even more attention on Bangladesh and its workers. RILA is an active member of the North American Bangladesh Worker Safety Working Group, a collaboration of six leading U.S. and Canadian apparel and retail trade associations. Our group is in the process of developing a Safer Factories Initiative that restates our commitment to improving worker safety in Bangladesh and outlines a broad set of proposals to meet that goal.
“There is much discussion of the European agreement to improve worker safety. While we agree with the goal of the IndustriALL-led Accord to improve worker safety and we want to see systemic and lasting progress world-wide, there are substantial flaws with the proposal. Of particular concern are the absence of collaboration with and commitments by all stakeholders and a provision that would force retailers into binding arbitration to resolve disputes with factory owners, entities that are not bound by any obligations under the accord. RILA is committed to working with partners, including the North American Bangladesh Worker Safety Working Group, to develop collaborative and comprehensive initiatives to improve factory safety.” - Sandy Kennedy, President, Retail Industry Leaders Association
Read more about the North American Bangladesh Worker Safety Working Group’s "Safer Factories Initiative,” which includes short, medium, and long-term strategic goals for moving forward with meaningful improvements to worker safety in Bangladesh: http://bit.ly/12QdNsU
The North American Bangladesh Worker Safety Working Group sent a letter to the Prime Minster of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina Wazed regarding the serious worker safety issues in Bangladesh. Read more here: http://bit.ly/14prsc6
RILA urges cooperation and commitment by all parties including the Bangladeshi Government, factory owners, vendors and importers to ultimately bring about the changes needed in Bangladesh.