Fire Safety Alliance in the Textile Sector
Following the collapse of a building that housed several garment factories in Bangladesh on 24 April 2013, killing well over 1,000 people, more companies have now signed up to the ‘Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh’. The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH welcomes this development as a key step on the road to a sector-wide approach for improving building and fire safety in the textile industry in Bangladesh.
Realising that only joint and concerted efforts by all stakeholders can bring about sustainable change in the textile sector, GIZ initiated efforts back in November 2012 to bring together as many actors, retail brands and commercial companies as possible. GIZ will continue to support this process and the creation of an alliance in future.
On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), GIZ will also assist the survivors of the disaster – many of whom are seriously injured and traumatised – with medical care as well as through individual plans designed to secure their livelihoods.
Commissioned by BMZ and the European Union, GIZ has supported more than 2,000 companies with a total of 1.5 million employees since 2005. In 2011 and 2012 alone, 350 garment factories significantly improved their social and environmental standards. Some 170 factories are now certified to at least one international labour standard.
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