RSC to monitor safety standard in garment industry
Garments manufacturers will set up a Readymade Sustainability Council (RSC) to ensure the full and independent compliance of work place monitoring in the industry. It will replace the role of Accord now winding up its inspection regime in garment industry.
The new council will be governed by Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA) brands and workers' representatives, BGMEA.
RSC will take over the structure, operation and resources of Accord as it is phasing out from Bangladesh over next 281 days from the day of signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with BGMEA to this effect. The Supreme Court has allowed Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh an extension of the mentioned period as a transitional period.
UNB adds: BGMEA and Accord signed a MOU on Sunday following the Supreme Court order. Accord helps readymade garment factories in Bangladesh become safe - and stay safe - for millions of workers.
The RSC will now take over all the safety-related matters in the RMG industry within the legal framework of the government of Bangladesh, BGMEA said. During the transition period, BGMEA will immediately establish an operating unit within the Accord's Dhaka office named 'BGMEA Unit' to ensure a smooth transition.
A technical sub-committee with senior experts, especially from BUET among others, will be formed to complement the transition process.
The BGMEA Unit will regularly update RCC on the progress made.
In a bid to work collaboratively, it was agreed that there will be no termination or escalation of any factory from Accord's end without consent of BGMEA Unit. Accord has also agreed that there will be no group termination in the case of failure of any factory.
There will be no overlapping of inspection by RCC, Accord and Nirapon. This means that factories once inspected by Accord, Nirapon, RCC or any other inspecting authorities will be considered as common standards.