WHAT WE CAN DO
Today, there is a lot of attention and awareness, but in most of the garment factories, working conditions are still sub-standard. According to the ILO, in Bangladesh alone, 80 percent of export-oriented ready made garment factories need improvement in fire and electrical safety standards (November 2015).
Fair Production can provide exactly that: training and advice to factory owners, employer’s organisations and government agencies (inspection and regulation) on building safety and safety related issues such as environment, worker’s rights, sustainability and gender. In Bangladesh for Accord, Alliance, ILO and the second tier factories that are not covered, as well as in other countries.
Fair Production contributes directly to the increase of safety and safety awareness in textile factories in the Global South.
Training-education: Safety management training; training of trainers; support of brands, factory management and international organisations.
Advice: Support of remediation activities; developing safety management systems; setting up test centres and education programs at local universities.
Research: Independent or participatory research on safety and risk management in the production chain, development of tools and methods for safety assessment and management; assessment of second tier production facilities; setting up a long-term program at local universities.
“The building collapse in Dhaka reminds us all that ensuring that workers’ human rights are protected and respected within value chains involves a wide range of societal actors, including governments, employers, buyers and workers’ representatives.” UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon (2013)