IFC plays a convening role in bringing together public and private stakeholders. They include international apparel buyers, supplier factory owners, governments and industry organizations.

Better Work Program

The Better Work Program is a partnership between IFC and the International Labour Organization. It helps participating countries raise standards in their apparel sectors and helps buyers verify that their environmental and social standards are upheld throughout their supply chains.

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Partners in Bangladesh

IFC is working with different industry groups, including:

The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety

Founded by a group of North American apparel companies, retailers and brands who joined together to develop and launch the Bangladesh Worker Safety Initiative, a binding, five-year undertaking that will be transparent, results-oriented, measurable and verifiable with the intent of improving safety in Bangladeshi ready-made garment (RMG) factories.

The Accord

An independent, legally binding agreement between brands and trade unions designed to work towards a safe and healthy Bangladeshi Ready-Made Garment Industry. Its purpose is to enable a working environment in which no worker needs to fear fires, building collapses, or other accidents that could be prevented with reasonable health and safety measures.

C&A Foundation

A charitable foundation based in Switzerland, aims to improve social, economic and ecological conditions along the cotton and apparel value chain.  Committed to the communities in which C&A operates, the foundation also promotes local charitable initiatives, ultimately touching the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in Europe, Asia, and Latin America.

The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA)

One of the largest trade associations in the country representing the readymade garment industry, particularly the woven garments, knitwear and sweater sub-sectors with equal importance.

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