April 2, 2019
Loblaw expresses support for continuation of the Transition Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh
As one of the first signatories to the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh and the subsequent Transition Accord, Loblaw remains committed to ongoing progress to provide better protection for workers and to increase workplace safety in Bangladesh factories. We are proud of the work done to date under the Accord, with 1,600 factories inspected and improved, and health and safety trainings conducted in factories employing over more than 1.5 million workers.
We remain certain that the economy and manufacturing communities of Bangladesh benefit from the presence and operation of the Accord. With a remediation rate of close to 90%, there has been significant progress to date but more needs to be done. To that end, we support the ongoing discussions between the Brand and Trade Union representatives and the domestic industry association, and ask the Bangladesh Government to allow for the continued operation of the Accord in Bangladesh until the work can be transitioned to a properly resourced and authorized agency that will carry on the good work of the Accord.