The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety has found seven more factories below par when it comes to remediation.
On Thursday, the initiative aimed at improve safety and conditions in Bangladesh’s ready-made garment sector, said it has suspended seven factories for failure to show evidence of remediation progress. This new set of seven brings the Alliance’s suspended factories to 104 out of its 914 factory total.
“Any factory that is unwilling or unable to make progress on the repairs required to meet our safety standards is removed from our list of Alliance-complaint factories, without exception,” said Jim Moriarty, former U.S. ambassador to Bangladesh and Alliance country director. “Ensuring the safety of workers in Alliance-affiliated factories is our highest priority.”
The Alliance has set out to remediate all critical safety issues in its member factories—which include those making for brands like Macy’s, Walmart and Kate Spade—over the course of the five-year initiative. The Alliance does independent inspections for structural soundness, electrical and fire safety at all of the facilities that make for its members.
So far, the Alliance said 63 percent of safety issues at its member factories have been made right. Fifty-five percent of the high priority repairs have been corrected as noted in its annual report last week.