International Textile Health and Safety Accord is signed by German company Otto.

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The new International Accord for Health and Safety in the Textile and Apparel Industry was recently signed by The Otto Group. Clothing companies and international unions came to a new, broader agreement on worker safety, building on the advancements of the original Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh. Beginning on September 1, 2021, the new agreement went into effect.

By agreeing to the terms of the agreement, the businesses pledge to build on the advancements already made in Bangladeshi garment factories in cooperation with labor unions and the local RMG Sustainability Council (RSC), as well as to enhance worker safety in the garment industry both now and in the future, according to a press release from Otto Group.

The new agreement for a secure and sustainable textile and clothing sector was signed by The Otto Group, who was a member of the negotiating team.

The new International Accord for Health and Safety in the Textile and Apparel Industry was recently ratified by The Otto Group. Clothing companies and international unions came to a new, broader agreement on worker safety, building on the advancements of the original Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh. Beginning on September 1, 2021, the new agreement went into effect.

According to Prof. Dr. Tobias Wollermann, group vice president of corporate responsibility at the Otto Group, the new agreement is not just a significant step toward further enhancing employee rights but also toward maintaining advancements made in the field of building and fire safety. In this regard, we welcome the consensus reached by all parties concerned on this objective and invite other businesses to join us in ratifying the new International Accord.

The Otto Group has been actively participating in the Accord since 2013 as part of its decades-long commitment to safe and ethical working conditions, which dates back to the 1990s. The Otto Group expressly supports the fact that the new agreement not only includes all necessary parties—companies, trade unions, and national actors—but also creates the possibility of eventually expanding the successful concept to other nations.

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