Joint Conclusion Adopted at the Second Implementation Follow-up Meeting of Bangladesh Sustainability Compact

The second follow-up meeting of Bangladesh Sustainability Compact took place in Dhaka on 28 January 2016. At the meeting the EU, US, Canada, Government of Bangladesh and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) reviewed progress achieved since October 2014 and discussed future prospects. The parties also welcomed Canada as a new partner to the Compact. A joint conclusion was adopted at the second meeting.

Joint Conclusions of Second Follow-up Meeting on Bangladesh Sustainability Compact

During the meeting the partners focused on the development of concrete steps in a number of priority areas. These included facilitating trade union registration, upgrading the (Bangladesh) Directorate of Labour, ensuring workers in EPZs enjoy the same rights as those provided under the national Labour Law, ensuring the effective implementation of the  Bangladesh Labour Act and its Rules in line with the relevant ILO Conventions, continuing the enhancement of the labour inspectorate, and undertaking remediation of RMG factories.

A joint conclusion was adopted at the second meeting. The Partners will convene again in early 2017 to make a further review of progress.