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Accord cuts business ties with Sadaf Fashions

Update : 07 Nov 2015, 07:21 PM

The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh has cut business relations with Sadaf Fashions Limited, a Chittagong-based RMG manufacturer due to its refusal to implement workplace safety measures.

Earlier, Accord terminated business relations with two factories namely Mega Chois Knitwear Ltd and Florence Fashions Ltd due to refusal to temporarily evacuate the factories.

On November 4, the retailer’s platform in a statement said despite numerous efforts by the Accord staff and its signatories, the factory owner continued to refuse to cooperate in the resolution of health and safety issues at the factory.

The owner also refused to comply with an order to evacuate the factory until all structural defects are assessed and repaired, it added.

On April 19 last year, the platform for EU retailers inspected Sadaf Fashions and found a series of defects which prompted the organisation to convene a review panel that imposed on the factory a set of immediate corrective actions.

An Accord follow-up inspection found that the requirements to reduce load, remove a wall, empty an area of all load and dismantle a cantilever slab were not followed.

Furthermore, a requirement to carry out a Detailed Engineering Assessment (DEA) as well as requirements related to fire exit and other fire safety measures were not met.

Meanwhile, the Accord suggested that its signatory companies should terminate their business relations with this supplier as progress has not been achieved despite notice and warning.

The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh is conducting independent, engineering inspections for fire, electrical, and building structural safety at all factories in Bangladesh producing for Accord signatory companies.

According to Accord’s agreement, if a supplier fails to implement corrective actions and does not cooperate fully as per its inspection findings and related programmes, the supplier will receive notice and warning that its business with its signatory companies will be terminated. 

The outcries over safety issues began after the Rana Plaza factory disaster that killed over 1,135 workers and injured over 2,500 people on April 24, 2013.

After the factory disaster, Accord made a commitment to provide financial and technical support to improve fire and building safety standard of RMG factories from which they source products. 

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