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.
Unfinished Business enumerates the ongoing lack of appropriate safety standards in the industry and highlights the urgency for a new enforceable agreement to protect worker's lives.
Latest reports and statements (PDF)
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August 19, 2021
Factory safety in the garment sector: An assessment of mandatory human rights due diligence obligations of apparel brands (without the Bangladesh Accord)
This August 2021 legal brief by Clean Clothes Campaign, the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights, and Worker Rights Consortium explores legal liability of apparel brands under existing and upcoming supply chain legislation in relation the the possible expiration of the Bangladesh Accord.
July 29, 2021
Bangladeshi labour rights activist and former garment workers wrote a letter (July 2021) to European Commissioners Didier Reynders and Thierry Breton who are jointly working on a legislative proposal on Sustainable Corporate Governance about how only a law that addresses the root causes of violations and has accountability at its core will truly transform and protect people’s lives.
July 19, 2021
The crisis is far from over for garment workers during the pandemic. This Clean Clothes Campaign research from July 2021 shows that garment workers globally are owed 11.85 billion USD in unpaid income and severance from March 2020 to March 2021.
July 15, 2021
Clean Clothes Campaign and other human and labour rights organizations are asking the European Commission to develop complementary measures against unfair purchasing practices. Such practices are wide-spread among garment brands and retailers, and they severely inhibit the ability of their suppliers to respect and fulfil the rights of their workers, communities, and the environment.
July 12, 2021
This brief by witness signatories to the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, published in July 2021, looks at the progress rate of safety remediation in Inditex supplier factories in Bangladesh and identified outstanding deadly safety risks at those factories.
July 7, 2021
Key considerations for an EU instrument to control the importation of forced labour products into the EU, by seven leading NGO's including CCC.
July 2, 2021
In this report, published July 2021, Clean Clothes Campaign conducted interviews with 49 garment workers in the supply chains of H&M, Nike and Primark in Bangladesh, Cambodia and Indonesia. The interviews show that the Coronavirus-induced crisis continues to have a devastating impact on the wages, working conditions, and labour rights of garment workers.
June 23, 2021
This paper looks at how transparency is handled within the German Partnership for Sustainable Textiles (PST) - regarding both supply chain transparency and transparency on the due diligence processes of its members, i.e. the PST´s so-called Review Process. The German Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) is a member of the PST and has always worked towards improving the Partnership`s approach to supply chain and reporting transparency. However, as this analysis shows, there has been almost no progress at all in terms of supply chain transparency.
June 21, 2021
Research carried out by CCC Turkey into the impact of the pandemic on the garment and textile industry
May 25, 2021
NGO support for the EU Commission plans on Sustainable Corporate Governance and response to criticism.
May 6, 2021
CCC statement on the report of the rapporteurs of the EP’s Committee on Employment and Social Affairs on the proposal for a directive on adequate minimum wages in the European Union
The Clean Clothes Campaign in May 2021 sent this statement welcoming the initiative of the EU Commission and the Committee for Employment and Social Affairs of the EU parliament “to ensure both that minimum wages are set at adequate and fair level and that workers have access to minimum wage protection”. The 35 Million garment workers worldwide – mostly women – are typical statutory minimum wage earners. This includes almost 1 Million garment workers in Central East-, East- and South East EU Member States. One important criterion for the sourcing decisions of fashion brands and retailers is the statutory minimum wages of potential sourcing countries. Brands and fashion retailers look for the countries with the lowest statutory minimum wages. Among them are many countries beyond the „iron wage curtain“ within Europe.
April 29, 2021
UNFINISHED BUSINESS: Outstanding safety hazards at garment factories show that the Accord must be extended and expanded
In our 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 every brand 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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