International Accord: transforming worker safety in the garment industry

Project management

Ethics at Work’s Bart Slob is responsible for the administrative and financial management of a large project aimed at making garment and textile factories in Pakistan safer for workers. It is contributing to improved working conditions for over 750,000 people, covering between 500 and 700 factories and fabric mills in Pakistan.

Feasibility studies for expansion

Ethics at Work helped the International Accord Foundation conduct in-depth feasibility studies for the creation of worker safety programmes in garment producing countries, among which Pakistan, India, Egypt and Morocco. We also support the design process of new projects and programmes set up by Accord.

The International Accord for Health and Safety in the Textile and Garment Industry is a legally binding agreement between global trade unions and clothing companies. The agreement continues the work of the 2013 and 2018 Accords on Fire & Building Safety in Bangladesh and will further establish worker safety programmes in at least one other country.

Workers at a bed linen manufacturer in Giza, Egypt. Photo: Bart Slob