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Retailers alliance team to visit Bangladesh on September 15

  • Published at 07:41 pm September 8th, 2013

A team of North American Alliance for Bangladesh Workers Safety, lead by Ellen O’Kane Tauscher, chair of the alliance, is scheduled to visit Bangladesh on September 15 aimed at preparing a framework on safety for the garment factories of Bangladesh.

She would meet the industry leaders and the government high officials to set a parameter for the safety inspection in the factories, Shahidullah Azim, vice president of BGMEA told the Dhaka Tribune on Sunday.

During the visit, they will set parameter and action plan, and discuss common code of conduct and observe the progress of safety measures, he added.

Labour Secretary Mikail Shipar said: “I do not know whether the Alliance representatives will meet with the labour ministry officials, but I have heard about their visit.” 

The BGMEA vice-president said the delegation, including a technical team, will discuss details with the BGMEA and

BKMEA to work out the implementation strategy of their action plan. During their visit, the alliance will appoint an auditor, said Azim. 

“This is the preliminary meeting on the way of implementation of the action plan and I hope the initiative will be very much effective as they have already included the BGMEA in their board,” he said.

 Earlier on August 20, the US-based clothing retailers’ alliance of 20 companies held a meeting in Chicago where they announced steps to implement a safety plan for factories in Bangladesh.

Last month, the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety elected Ellen O’ Kane Tauscher as its chair for a three-year term on the board of the group.

Tauscher was a former democrat member of the United States House of Representatives, representing California, and then under-secretary of state for arms control and international security.

The alliance launched a five-year project to inspect 500 factory-sites in the region, implementing safety standards and assisting owners with making the necessary improvements.

US retailers took the initiatives following the Rana Plaza collapse in April, which killed more than 1,100 workers, putting pressure on the retailers to address safety. 

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