Sustainable Training for the Bangladesh Ready-made Garment Sector
The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety was formed in 2013 by brand companies in direct collaboration with a wide swath of Ready-Made Garment (RMG) sector stakeholders. The goal of the Alliance is to improve RMG industry worker safety by upgrading factories, educating workers and management, empowering workers, and building institutions that can enforce and maintain safe working conditions throughout Bangladesh.
Currently, the Alliance has 29 member brands representing more than 650 factories and 1.3 million workers, and since its formation, factory safety has measurably improved; however, there is still more to be done, and the Alliance is slated to end December 2018. In its final phase, the Alliance is creating a self-sustaining Standards and Monitoring Organization (SMO), which will continue the critical work of fostering safe working conditions in Bangladeshi factories. The Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC) is working with the Alliance to develop a sustainable training delivery model to reach managers and workers in RMG factories on an ongoing basis.