FIRE & BUILDING SAFETY
Esprit was one of the first companies to sign onto the Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety in 2013, which launches following the collapse of the Rana Plaza complex.
For the last four and a half years, we have worked within the Accord to improve building, fire and electrical safety in our factories in Bangladesh. The original Accord was due to expire in May 2018. All participants recognize that, although the agreement has accomplished a great deal, much work remains. Therefore, Esprit has been a member of the negotiating team that has worked with the trade union members of the Accord to extend the agreement. Esprit is pleased to be part of the new three-year effort to finish the work that the Accord set out to do. By the end of June 2017, 80% of the individual corrective actions in our supplier factories that were recommended based on their initial Accord audits have been accomplished. By the end of December 2017, all improvements will be done in our factories.