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Transferring the Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety to other countries: the example of Pakistan

Overview

Field of action

Project partner



Region

Project duration

Building safety

KiK
40 textile factories in Pakistan
External experts

Pakistan

Beginning of 2017 to end of 2020

Background

The security of factory buildings in Pakistan is often inadequate. In the worst case, earthquakes and structural defects can lead to collapses and unsafe electrical systems to fires. This initial situation is reminiscent of Bangladesh, where the "Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety" was launched in 2013 following the devastating collapse of the Rana Plaza factory in order to make substantial progress in building safety and fire protection. KiK also gained valuable experience there as a signatory to this agreement. The company wants to build on this experience to achieve improvements in building safety and fire protection in Pakistan as well.

In order to transfer the standards of the Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety to Pakistan, the company set up the KiK "Building Safety Program" in 2017. All about 40 Pakistani suppliers must participate. Experts and structural engineers inspect their factories. The defects found must then be rectified within fixed deadlines. The effectiveness of the measures is then checked by audits. However, as the work in Bangladesh has shown, this alone is not enough: In order to initiate systemic change, it is necessary to work closely with those responsible on site.

Achieving the goal through knowledge transfer

For this reason, the programme provides, among other things, for the members of the suppliers' working committees to receive training on issues relating to work and building safety. In addition, workers will be able to report grievances to an independent body via a complaints mechanism in the future.

Further project phases are planned. Through cooperation with other companies in the industry and the local supervisory authorities, the programme will go beyond pure building and occupational safety and systematically address further social and environmental issues in the future. KiK is currently looking for further project partners in Pakistan.

All measures at a glance

Experiences and recommendations

  • Communal industry approach to exploit synergies for key procurement markets.

  • Cooperation with local supervisory authorities for better monitoring.

  • Stable supplier relationships to counter reservations and reluctance to invest.

  • Establish engineers with know-how in building safety on site.

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