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Support the Implementation of the Sustainability Compact

A Sustainability Compact to promote continuous improvements in labour rights and factory safety in the Ready Made Garment and Knitwear Industry in Bangladesh was launched on 8 July 2013.

The Sustainability Compact brings together the European Union (EU), the Government of Bangladesh, the United States, Canada and the ILO accompanied by employers, trade unions and other key stakeholders to promote continuous improvements in labour rights and factory safety in the Ready Made Garment (RMG) industry.

The Compact is built on short and long term commitments related to three inter-linked pillars: 1) respect for labour rights; 2) structural integrity of buildings and occupational safety and health; and 3) responsible business conduct.

Within the framework of the Compact, the ILO has undertaken to support and monitor implementation of a number of specific commitments made by the parties.

Since 2013, the ILO and the European Commission have worked together to monitor progress against the different Compact objectives, report on progress through web-based communication and other means, and organize reviews involving all Compact parties.

For more information

    Sustainability Compact Joint Conclusions-May 2017
Joint Conclusions of the Second Follow-up Meeting on Bangladesh Sustainability Compact, 28 January 2016
Sustainability Compact Technical Status Report 24 April 2015
Outcome document: Bangladesh Sustainability Compact – High-level follow-up meeting 20 October 2014, Brussels
Sustainability Compact statement – Joint Statement July 2013