Following Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh submitting an appeal in the country’s Supreme Court seeking a stay on an earlier court order that calls for its local operations to wind up by November 30, the apex court has reportedly December 6 as the next date for further hearing.
The development means that Accord — the European brands/retailers’ platform set up to improve factory safety in Bangladesh in the wake of infamous Rana Plaza collapse in April 2013 — can continue its operations in Bangladesh till December 6.
“We have submitted an appeal to the Supreme Court…and are working to have a stay issued against the High Court judgment that would close down our office,” reportedly maintained Executive Director of Accord Rob Wayss while speaking to Reuters earlier.
A six-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Justice Muhammad Imman Ali passed the order during hearing of Accord’s appeal on November 29.
Additional Attorney General Murad Reza represented the Government, while Advocate KS Salahuddin Ahmed reportedly appeared for Accord.
It may be mentioned here that Accord had earlier warned the industry about sourcing squeeze in case it has to depart the country after November 30.
“The consequences of a closure of the Accord liaison office in Bangladesh will be significant, immediate, and damaging,” reportedly underlined Deputy Director of the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh Joris Oldenziel earlier, adding, “The premature shut down of the Accord, leaving workers in unsafe circumstances, would jeopardize the brands’ ability to source from a safe industry.”