BGMEA to set up RMG Sustainability
Council for monitoring
The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters
Association (BGMEA) has planned to establish a Readymade
Garments (RMG) Sustainability Council (RSC) to ensure a complete
and independent national compliance monitoring system in
Bangladesh. It will be governed by BGMEA, Bangladesh Knitwear
Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA), brands and
The RSC will take over the structure, operation, and
resources of the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in
Bangladesh as it phases out from Bangladesh in the 281 days of
the signing of the memorandum of understanding between the BGMEA
and Accord recently. The RSC will take over all the
safety-related matters in the RMG industry within the legal
framework of the Government, BGMEA said.
During the transition period, the BGMEA will immediately
establish an operating unit within the Accord’s Dhaka office to
ensure a smoother transition, according to media reports. The
unit will regularly update RCC on the progress made.
There will be no termination or escalation of any factory
from Accord’s end without the agreement of the BGMEA unit.
Accord agreed that there will be no group termination in the
case of failure of one factory. In the case of any dispute
between the BGMEA unit and Accord, the matter will be referred
to RCC for the final settlement.