The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety said Tuesday that Babylon Casualwear Ltd. and Sinha Dyeing and Finishing Ltd., two Alliance member factories in the capital of Dhaka, have successfully completed their Corrective Action Plans.
With more than two years still to go in the Alliance’s five-year safety initiative, Sinha and Babylon become the 27th and 28th factories to achieve completion status by remediating all critical safety issues identified during their Alliance inspections.
In keeping with its mission to improve the safety of Bangladesh’s ready-made garment industry, all factories from which Alliance members source are inspected by independent assessment firms to identify safety concerns. During this process, factory owners are provided with a Corrective Action Plan to systematically and sustainably improve conditions for their workers, said the Alliance. Following the development of the CAP, remediation is undertaken to address structural integrity, electrical and fire safety issues. Factories undertake remediation until noncompliant issues outlined in the CAP are resolved.
“Every CAP completion is one step forward in the Alliance’s mission to improve workplace safety,” said James Moriarty, the former U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh who had been executive director of the Alliance and who was named to the new post of country director last month. “From inspection to remediation, this process requires commitment and effort on the part of factory owners. We congratulate Sinha Dyeing and Finishing Ltd. and Babylon Casualwear Ltd. for achieving this important goal.”
Last month, the group said safety inspections had been completed in 100 percent of Alliance factories, 1.2 million workers had been trained in fire safety at least one time and 50 percent of factory repairs were complete.
The Alliance, made up of 28 mainly U.S. firms including Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Target Corp., Gap Inc. and VF Corp., was formed in the aftermath of the Rana Plaza tragedy that claimed the lives of 1,133 workers and injured more than 2,000, along with the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, comprised of 200 mostly European companies with two global unions, IndustriALL and UNI Global Union.