Vol. 5 Num 679 Thu. April 27, 2006  

70pc knitwear units yet to ensure social compliance
Nari Uddug Kendra survey reveals

Seventy per cent knitwear factories are yet to ensure social compliance, according to a survey conducted by Nari Uddug Kendra (NUK), a non-governmental organisation.

The survey revealed 65 per cent of the factories have so far not taken any action to preserve factory documents while 36 percent have taken no measures to maintain employment records and 88 per cent are yet to comply with the freedom of association standard.

The NUK conducted the survey on 55 knitwear factories located in Narayanganj, Gazipur and Savar areas from July 2005 to February 2006. Earlier, Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA) handed over a list 100 factories to NUK for compliance development.

"We are still working with the 55 factories to help them ensure compliance so that they can satisfy their buyers and make the factories competitive," said Mashuda Khatun Shefali, executive director of NUK, addressing a press conference on 'Present Status of Social Compliance in RMG Sector of Bangladesh' in Dhaka yesterday.

The NUK survey also found that 90 per cent of the factories have complied with the standard regarding child labour, 46 per cent with the rule of working hours, wages and benefits, and overtime compensation while 36.36 percent with the workplace environment standard.

Shefali said more international buyers are asking for ensuring social compliance standards by local manufacturers.

"A concerted effort by the government, manufacturers, workers and civil society is needed to generate awareness to ensure social compliance," she added.