UNFINISHED BUSINESS: Outstanding safety hazards at garment factories show that the Accord must be extended and expanded

The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh (the Accord) is set to expire on May 31, 2021, after eight years of making factories safer for more than 2 million garment workers. In the report from April 2021, the Accord witness signatories enumerate uncorrected safety hazards at factories producing for 12 leading brands covered by the Accord. The data show that each of these brands is sourcing from dozens of factories that have failed to install fire alarms, sprinkler systems, and/or adequate emergency exits. Therefore it is paramount that these brands sign a new legally binding agreement to safeguard the effectiveness of the Accord and ensure these hazards are remediated.

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