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Pakistan to form an agreement similar to Bangladesh’s Accord

Miriam Neale, a health and safety expert from the Amsterdam office of Bangladesh Accord feels, Pakistan industries needs to form an agreement similar to Accord to ensure workplace safety. Since 2014, Neale has led Bangladesh Accord’s signatory engagement work supporting almost 200 companies that are signatories to implement the accord’s workplace safety programs with their suppliers. She also supported the governance processes of the accord coordinating the steering committee and protocol development.

The Accord covers factories producing Ready-Made Garments (RMG) and at the option of signatory companies, home textiles and fabric and knit accessories, she said. It has benefitted the local exporting industries besides organizing their labour force and trade unions.

The Accord was signed in the immediate aftermath to the Rana Plaza building collapse on 24 April, 2013 which killed 1,133 workers and critically injured thousands. Over 220 companies signed the five-year agreement.