In a major development, Bangladesh’s Supreme Court has reportedly allowed Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety to continue operating in the South Asian nation for one more year.
It may be mentioned here that the platform representing around 200 mainly European clothing labels and brands was formed in the aftermath of the tragic Rana Plaza incident in 2013, in which around 1,138 people perished, to carry out remediation of the manufacturing units to ensure safe and secure working environment.
A lower court had earlier ordered Accord to wind up operations after expiry of its terms, which was contested by the buyers’ body at the apex court.
The Supreme Court allowed that Accord could keep operating for 281 more working days, around 13-14 months, after it made a deal with the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) lobbying group, a lawyer reportedly said speaking to the media.
The deal which has been endorsed by the Government, will lead to the establishment of a national safety entity, namely the Readymade Garment Sustainability Council, which will take over the monitoring from Accord later on.