Supply Chain

Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh
In December 2017, Benetton Group confirmed its participation in the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, launched in May 2013 after what is universally remembered as the “Rana Plaza tragedy”.
The Accord, of which Benetton was one of the first signatories, is an independent initiative engaging over 200 businesses operating in the clothing industry worldwide, trade union associations, the International Labor Organization (ILO) and various other nongovernmental organizations. The Accord, developed to guarantee safety and security in the clothing factories located in Bangladesh, also envisages the performance of independent audits and the transparency of the local textile supply chain.
 
The main points of the agreement are:

  • a program including independent inspections supported by the signatory companies,
        including employees and trade unions;
  • transparent communication of the list of the production sites, audit reports and corrective action plans;
  • commitment by the signatory companies to ensuring the effective implementation of
        the corrective actions and maintaining ongoing commercial relations;
  • the development of democratically elected committees for health and safety in all the sites
        to identify the main risks linked to employee health and safety;
  • employee upgrading through broad-based training, and
  • the implementation of grievance reporting mechanisms and the right to refuse to work under unsafe conditions.
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    The list of factories involved in Accord is available on https://bangladeshaccord.org/. They are classified according to their percentage of implemented corrective actions. Regarding Benetton’s suppliers, 29% of them completed their remediation process, 29% are implementing their plan in accordance to the timelines given by the Accord, while 42% are working on their objectives, but some timelines have not been met.
     
    To know more about Benetton Group’s engagement for Bangladesh, read here http://www.benettongroup.com/sustainability/benetton-for-bangladesh/