PVH, H&M, Inditex, C&A and Bestseller are among the brands who have signed up for the Pakistan accord on health and safety in the textile and garment industry.
Other signatories to the accord are German e-commerce giant Otto and the retailer Tchibo. This is a legally binding agreement on workplace safety in Pakistan between global union federations, garment brands and retailers for an interim term of three years starting in 2023. The accord aims at protecting the health and safety of workers while helping the industry achieve sustainable growth in exports.
Bands renew their commitment to a long-term sourcing relationship with Pakistan and to work in close collaboration with their suppliers in Pakistan and other stakeholders. Suppliers will be supported in meeting the highest safety standards. This includes efforts to establish local governance structures that ensure industry and local brand and union participation in decision-making in every phase of the program.The accord provides an opportunity both to increase the visibility of the efforts already made by many manufacturers to invest in fire and building safety measures in recent years and deepen and expand them throughout Pakistan’s garment and textile sector, making it an increasingly attractive option for buyers across the globe.