The witness signatories to the Accord have publicly expressed concern about the ability of the RMG Sustainability Council (RSC) to monitor and improve the safety of the readymade garment manufacturing units in Bangladesh.
As per media reports, the Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC), Worker Rights Consortium, Maquila Solidarity Network and the International Labor Rights Forum/Global Labor Justice, in a public brief published recently, expressed apprehensions that progress towards factory safety in Bangladesh was at risk.
These entities reportedly expressed concerns that the rushed transition and the employer influence over the RSC’s programme could jeopardise progress towards factory safety.
Following the 2013 Rana Plaza incident, European brands and buyers established Accord (the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh) to ensure garment factory safety on their behalf.
Earlier this year, Accord handed over its duties to a new body, the RSC.
The witness signatories reportedly maintained that successor organisation was ‘woefully unprepared’ to meet its responsibilities while adding that it may need to be replaced.