One of two major worker safety organizations in Bangladesh suspended the operations of eight more factories. The organization cited the factories’ failure to provide evidence of any remediation following safety inspections, and their overall non-compliance with the group’s corrective action plans. However, organization representatives noted that in the last month, four other companies met the requirements to become members, and that the organization remains firm in its demand for the fulfillment of critical safety criteria in its partners’ supply chains.
Bangladesh suffers from a Severe BSI threat rating for working conditions, and the infringement of safety regulations are especially common within the country’s garment sector. The organization performs independent safety inspections of all the factories that are part of its members’ supply chains, and offers guidance and technical assistance in bridging any gaps it finds. Reports indicate that this new development has brought the total number of factories suspended by the organization to 91.