H&M Group signs The Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety for another 3-year period

The Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety is essential in the work to improve the Bangladeshi garment factories. Since fire and building safety is extremely important to us and we want to continue to play an active role, we re-signed the Accord for yet another 3-year period on June 29th.

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 2017-Jul-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — We are convinced of the positive impact of the work being done within the Accord and that it will reach its long-term aim: to make the textile industry in Bangladesh safer. We see continuous progress, but to further speed up the work and to be able to work on a wider level together with a joint force to reach the whole textile industry in Bangladesh, the work within the Accord is important. We will continue working closely together with IndustriALL to use our combined leverage where needed.

The new Accord agreement will be applicable from June 2018 and continues to consist of a broad coalition of international buyers, trade unions and factories, addressing fire and building safety in the ready-made-garment industry in Bangladesh. It will also continue to add on to our existing sustainability program and strict requirements on our suppliers. One addition in the new agreement is the promotion of freedom of association, another that trade unions are now included in the health and safety trainings.

The remediation work on fire safety in textile factories in Bangladesh is continuously showing progress. The new additional requirements from the Accord are gradually solved at more factories. Please visit the Accord web site or at the H&M web site to see detailed information on the progress.

Contact:
Camilla Emilsson Falk
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Source: H&M

H&M highlights factors on Bangladesh Accord on fire and building safety

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN, 2015-10-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — H&M believes that the Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety is an important initiative that is making the textile industry in Bangladesh safer. Any delay of the work of the Bangladesh Accord on fire and building safety is therefore of great concern to us. However, we do not recognize ourselves in the picture given in the report. There are several factors that we would like to highlight.

First, we are only producing in factories that meet the Accord requirements for operation and we have taken the required measurements. Secondly, fire exits are one of the most fundamental requirements for a supplier in order to be allowed to produce for H&M. Thirdly, our own internal follow-up data shows that where H&M is lead-brand, almost 60 percent of the remediation work is completed and we see good progress. Also, we have worked out solutions for all financial support requests together with our suppliers and are cooperating closely with them to remediate according to corrective and tailor-made action plans. As our presence in Bangladesh is long-term, it contributes not only financially to the individual factory, but also to the development of the textile industry as well as to the Bangladeshi community as a whole.

However, it is correct that we and the other buyers within the Accord are experiencing some delays to work being carried out to initial timelines. For example, there have been problems with deliveries of new upgraded fire doors and sprinklers due to import delays since none of these products are available in Bangladesh.  Delays are also due to heavy workload for the Accord inspection experts dealing with these complex issues. This has also resulted in delayed updates of the information publicly available on the Accord website. For us, it is of utmost importance that measures taken are according to the high quality standards agreed between the Bangladesh Government and the Accord/Alliance.

We have a very active role within the Accord and are now looking at how we, together with the other buyers and global unions, can push the work forward. We have worked with fire and building safety for many years and we were the first company to sign the Accord. We have a staff of nearly 600 in Bangladesh, who work full time on all aspects of production including the Accord. We will continue our long-term investment by fully supporting our suppliers in improving and upgrading their production facilities to safer and higher international standards as well as their management capabilities, allowing them to become competitive in a sustainable way.

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