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DHAKA – A Bangladesh textile mill which supplies to US retailers Sears and Macy’s Inc has had its business ties cut with signatories to the European retailer-based Bangladesh Accord for Fire and Building Safety for failing to adhere to safety requirements. Super knitting & Dying Mills Ltd. and all factories which are part of Supertex Group are now ineligible to do business with Accord Companies. The decision will remain in place for 18 months at which time the factories will be illegible for to re-qualify.

Super knitting & Dying Mills Ltd. was inspected by the Accord for structural, fire and electrical safety in April 2014. After many attempts by the Accord staff the factory failed to make adequate progress in CAP implementation.

Said a statement from the Accord: “The refusal of Super knitting & Dying Mills Ltd. to cooperate prompted the implementation of a notice and warning process in accordance with Article 16 of the Accord. Despite this notice and warning process and numerous efforts by the Accord staff and Accord signatories, the factory owner continued to fail to cooperate. As a result, as of 19 August 2018, the Accord signatory companies using Super knitting & Dying Mills Ltd. are therefore required to terminate their business relationship with this supplier and all factories under the same ownership, and all Accord signatory companies are required to withhold from doing business with this supplier and all factories under the same ownership.”

Another company to have its business terminated, as part of a raft of terminations in August, is SB Knitex. The business suggests it is part of the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) in its marketing literature. Said an Accord statement: “SB Knitex Ltd. was inspected by the Accord for structural safety in June 2016 and for fire and electrical safety in November 2016. After many attempts by the Accord staff the factory failed to submit a Corrective Action Plan.

“The refusal of SB Knitex Ltd. to cooperate prompted the implementation of a notice and warning process in accordance with Article 16 of the Accord. Despite this notice and warning process and numerous efforts by the Accord staff and Accord signatories, the factory owner continued to fail to cooperate. As a result, as of 15 August 2018, the Accord signatory companies using SB Knitex Ltd. are therefore required to terminate their business relationship with this supplier and all factories under the same ownership, and all Accord signatory companies are required to withhold from doing business with this supplier and all factories under the same ownership.”


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