The group of North American brands and retailers working to improve fire and building safety in Bangladesh’s garment factories has publicly released details of more than 620 factories used to supply its clothes.
The move by the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety comes two weeks after a separate, largely European Accord on Fire and Building Safety published a list of nearly 1,600 Bangladesh factories used by its members.
The Alliance supplier information covers factories employing 1.1m workers used to make clothes for companies including Gap,JC Penney, Kohl’s, Target, VF Corp, and Wal-Mart.
Around half of the factories also manufacture goods for members of the Accord.
“By releasing this information, the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety hopes to be taking yet another step towards partnership on coordinated trainings, inspections and remedial support,” the group said in a statement.
“Achieving this will require concerted and sustained efforts to work with government, the International Labor Organization (ILO), industry, workers, factory management and civil society.”
The list of factories so far “represents input from the majority of Alliance members,” it said, adding that it is a “work in progress,” that will be updated over coming months.
Information includes factory name and address, the number of storeys in each structure, whether a building includes multiple apparel factories and whether it houses other types of businesses, the number of workers at each factory, and the number of Alliance members using each factory.
The Alliance has pledged to inspect all member factories within a year, with signatories offering funding to help factories improve safety conditions.