The platform of 150 mostly European retailers and brands that source garment products from Bangladesh has so far recruited only seven local engineers for inspections of 1,600 garment factories.
The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh has 38 teams of foreign engineers for the inspections.
It pledged to recruit 25 local engineers just after few days of the beginning of the inspection on February 20, as the garment makers complained that the foreign engineers are not familiar with the situation in Bangladesh.
More local engineers will be recruited soon as they are waiting in line to face interview, said Rob Wayss, executive director for the Bangladesh operations of the Accord.
The Accord has already completed inspecting 600 factories in Dhaka and Chittagong. “We are still hopeful for the completion of the inspection of all 1,600 factories by the end of September,” Wayss said.
After the deadliest Rana Plaza building collapse in April last year, the IndustriALL Global Union, a federation of trade unions, initiated the Accord.