Ten reports of inspections made in Bangladeshi apparel factories were made available to the public today. The reports give details of the first of around 1,500 inspections that will be made in factories around Bangladesh by the end of August, as part of a safety agreement made in the wake of the Rana Plaza factory disaster in April 2013.
This groundbreaking wave of inspections is being carried out by the Bangladesh Accord Foundation. The foundation is made up of more than 150 clothing companies from 20 countries, including household brands such as Adidas, H&M and American Eagle Outfitters. In reaction to Rana Plaza, and a series of other highly publicized incidents in Bangladesh’s massive apparel manufacturing industry, these international brands committed to more rigorous and transparent safety protocols. These inspections mark the first real follow-through from the formation of the Bangladesh Accord Foundation.