Primark signs new Bangladesh Accord on fire and building safety

Primark is pleased to confirm its ongoing participation in the Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety which will be renewed for a second term on expiry of the existing agreement in May 2018.

As one of the first signatory brands of the new agreement, Primark is restating its firm commitment to working alongside other brands, trade unions, and NGOs to sustainably improve working conditions in Bangladesh’s garment industry. The three-year agreement will build on the significant achievements of the first Accord which was set up May 2013 following the Rana Plaza building collapse.

Primark and its partners will continue to work with factory owners, the Government of Bangladesh, BGMEA and BKMEA, the International Labour Organisation and donor governments to intensify efforts already underway to improve the structural and electrical safety of factories through inspections, remediation and training.

The programme will continue to complement the extensive work carried out by Primark’s Ethical Trade team in Bangladesh. Primark was one of the first brands to sign the original Accord agreement.

Paul Lister, who is responsible for Primark’s Ethical Trade Team and CSR at Associated British Foods plc (ABF), Primark’s parent company said:
“Primark welcomes the renewal of the Accord on Fire and Building Safety and we look forward to continued constructive collaboration with all those involved. To date, the initiative has brought sustainable positive change to the Bangladeshi garment industry and we are keen to progress this important work.”