Building & Fire Safety

  • In February 2013 we engaged the Det Norske Veritas (DNV-GL) to conduct fire safety inspections at all factories producing for us in Bangladesh. In 2014 these inspections were extended to our factories in India. The aim was to assess technical aspects related to fire safety and to identify necessary improvements.

  • Engineers from DNV-GL are inspecting building constructions, electrical instalments, emergency systems, escape routes, knowledge and awareness of management and workers. In addition, fire drills are initiated. Based on these inspections upgrades and improvements have been carried out at the production sites.

  • In June 2013 we signed on to The Accord Bangladesh. This is an independent agreement between labour organizations, unions and textile companies that aim to make sure that all textile factories in Bangladesh are safe workplaces. Independent inspections on building structure, electrical installations and fire safety are being carried out at all our factories and upgrades will be conducted based on uncovered gaps. Training and worker involvement are important parts of the programme. Go to The Accord Bangladesh website for more information.