Accord impact on Ready Made Garments (RMG) sector
AuthorMitul, Kazi Sabrina Sultana
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The Accord is an independent and legally binding agreement which is designed to ensure safe and healthy working condition of Ready-Made Garment Factories of Bangladesh. The study represents the impact of the Accord in the RMG sector of our country and also represents the reasons behind the establishment of the Accord. The Accord has come into play as a result of numerous hazards and accidents leading to death and injuries of a large number of garment workers in the previous years. Moreover, the catastrophic hazard of Rana Plaza had captured the attention of the whole world and therefore, major brands and retailers started to become really concerned about their reputation. Additionally, the contribution of ready garment is also discussed in this study since the impact is very significant in our economy. These ready-made garment factories has created employment of a large number of people specially women and it is one of the examples of women empowerment and most importantly has earned foreign currency contributing to the development of this country (Shoron and Huq, 2014). As a result, the govt. became very concerned when the Generalized System of Preference (GSP) was suspended and this huge industry was at stake. To protect this industry immediate measures were taken to ensure safe and healthy working condition for the garment workers. In response, Bangladesh government adopted National Tripartite Action Plan with the help of ILO for building and fire safety. Under which factory building were assessed based on structural integrity, fire and electrical safety with a target of covering 1500 factories. Even the country’s labor law of 2006 had been amended in 2015. Therefore, 200 retailers of European, Asian and American buyers signed on the Accord on Fire and Building Safety. The objective of the Accord is to ensure sustainable and safe garment industry in Bangladesh. As a result, this study describes the impact and changes brought by the Accord in the ready-made garments industry in terms of safe and healthy working condition. Moreover, it also represents the impact on the organization where I am given an opportunity of internship. Overall, the study firstly represents the reasons behind the introduction of the Accord in our country. Then it discusses about the processes, programs and practices conducted by the Accord. Thirdly, the study signifies the impact of the Accord on PDS Multinational Group. Most importantly, it signifies both financial and non-financial impact of the Accord on RMG sector. Lastly, the study talks about the “Transition Accord 2018”.