The Bangladesh Accord on Hearth Constructing Security is running out of time. The Accord, which was signed in 2013 in the aftermath of the Rana Plaza factory collapse, which killed over 1,100 garment workers, became a historic statement on textile worker safety.
More fashion brands — the most recent being Uniqlo, a Japanese Company — are supporting grassroots efforts to improve and relaunch the Accord, which is due to expire on August 31, 2021.
The Accord was set to expire in May, but public pressure from activists, manufacturers, and organizations forced a last-minute three-month extension in order to continue talks on the legally binding enforcement, which has provided thousands of garment workers with safer working conditions.
The status of the Accord has larger consequences for the current condition of sourcing. China, India, Malaysia, and Pakistan — all foreign countries where there are no legally binding and enforced regulations on garment manufacturing unit security – remain popular sourcing destinations for fast fashion.
Remake's Accord model tracker incorporates on-the-ground information from the Clear Garments Marketing campaign, similar to its PayUp Fashion tracker, which was established during the pandemic to inspire restitution on canceled or delayed clothing purchases. Adidas, PVH Corp. (Tommy Hilfiger), Bestseller, Mango, Marks & Spencer, Primark, Zara, and H&M are among the companies that haven't yet publicly agreed on a replacement settlement to the Accord.
According to the Remake dwell tracker, a dozen brands, including Asos, G-Star, Esprit, Uniqlo, and S.Oliver, have committed to restarting or expanding the Accord.
The manufacturers, in particular, want an Accord extension that is legally binding on individual manufacturers, retains impartial monitoring and has the potential to be expanded to other international locations.
Some companies, like Zara's parent company Inditex, have sent out electronic mail declarations of purpose, but Remake organizers say the statements aren't enough till the ink is dry on a brand new Accord settlement.
Ayesha Barenblat, chief government officer and founding father of Remake, said that the Accord is the solitary most profitable settlement to keep creators protected given its contractual nature, noting that fashion brands have learned nothing from Rana Plaza. It's time for American brands, notably PVH and American Eagle Outfitters, to follow in the footsteps of Asos, G-Star, Esprit, and Uniqlo.
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