The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh

Laura Hundevadt Bech, Magnus Løkstad, Raquel Santos Rodriguez, Amalie Munkholm Sumborg, Benedicte Veller Bertelsen & Cille Melin Gundertofte

Studenteropgave: Basisprojekt


In this project we will assess whether the Accord on Fire and Building Safety has marked a change in the way that working conditions in Bangladesh RMG sector are governed. To make this assessment, the authors of this project start by characterising the development of Bangladesh RMG sector prior to Rana Plaza, as one being marked by an absolute lack of meaningful initiatives from both state- and private actors. Afterwards an analysis of the content of the Accord on Fire and Building Safety is made, with a focus on distinguishing exactly what features define this instance of private authority, finding the corporation with the Bangladeshi government and its legally binding nature to be what sets it apart from previous initiatives. Finally data on incidents, injuries and deaths are reviewed prior to and after the implementation of the Accord.
These steps enable this project to show clear indications that the Accord has marked a meaningful change in the governance of fire and building safety and that the change in all likeliness stems from its legally binding nature and the close ties with government laws.
However, in spite of the presumed success of the Accord the process of implementing changes after the inspections have been slow and the fact that the Accord only is a five year agreement makes it highly unlikely that all remediations will be done within this timeframe. In addition it must be stressed that issues that go beyond fire and building safety are still plaguing the garment workers in Bangladesh, making it reasonable to at the very least consider to make other issues a part of the agreement.

UddannelserBasis - International Samfundsvidenskabelig Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato28 maj 2017
Antal sider69
VejledereThorkil Casse