RMG retailers' alliance to start inspection Wednesday
The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, a platform of 27 North American retailers and brands, will start garment factory inspections on March 12.
Mesbah Rabin, managing director at Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, said seven teams will inspect more than 400 factories.
Although the Alliance is supposed to inspect more than 600 factories, Wal-Mart, a major retailer in the Alliance, has already completed inspections of 200 factories.
“If the expert panel accepts the reports on the previously inspected 200 factories, it will not be necessary to re-inspect. In that case, the Alliance will inspect only 400 factories,” Rabin told The Daily Star by phone yesterday.
Earlier, the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh started inspecting nearly 1,600 factories on February 20.
Another 30 teams of experts led by Bangladesh University and Engineering and Technology also started inspections on November 21 last year.
After the Tazreen Fashions fire and the Rana Plaza collapse, a total of 150 retailers and brands, mostly European, signed the legally binding Accord and 27 US-based retailers and brands joined the Alliance to strengthen safety practices in the garment sector in Bangladesh.