CAPs are the requirements prescribed by the Alliance engineers to make the factories fully safe, and following the completion, a factory is declared compliant.
With the new four factories, the total number of factories that completed the CAPs stood at 38 while the global retailers’ platform suspended operations with four factories for failure to show evidence of remediation progress.
To date the Alliance cut ties with a total of 95 non-compliant factories, and 38 of them completed the critical repairs outlined in their CAPs.
Across all active Alliance factories, 59% of all safety issues have been corrected, said a statement of the Alliance.
“We are pleased to welcome Reliance Box Industries (PKG), Radial International Ltd (Units 1 & 2), Mastrade International Garments Ltd and M/S Standard Group Ltd to our growing list of factories that have completed repairs we required as part of remediation process,” said Alliance Country Director Jim Moriarty, also former U.S. ambassador to Bangladesh.
“And in suspending four additional factories from the Alliance compliant list, we reiterate our no-tolerance policy for factory inaction when it comes to workplace safety.”
The Alliance performs independent inspections on the structural, electrical and fire safety of all factories from which its members source their products.
Each factory is then provided with a Corrective Action Plan designed to help it address safety issues and achieve compliance with Alliance safety standards. The Alliance also provides technical advice and access to low-cost loans to assist factories with remediation.
The issue of safety came under the spotlight following the deadliest factory collapse at Rana Plaza that killed over 1,135 people and injured over 2,500 workers.
The incident raised question about the workers safety and safer workplace.
In the face of a huge pressure from rights group and global trade unions as local ones, the global retailers formed Alliance and Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh to improve safety standards in the RMG sector.