At O’Neill we are conscious in everything we do to contribute in making our worlds a more sustainable place. We are creating a broad range of sustainable products and we are responsible for the planet. We continuously improve our operations and promote fair working conditions within the supply chain. We believe in working together with our partners and external stakeholders to improve workers labour conditions. Here we work closely together with Amfori, Modint, partners from the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile (AGT) and the transition Accord.
Since 2009 O’Neill Europe B.V. became a member of the Amfori BSCI. Their mission is to enable each of our members to enhance human prosperity, use natural resources responsibly and drive open trade globally. These are major challenges and we need to work collaboratively to tackle them and together we can influence and drive positive change at scale. The BSCI Code of Conduct is based on the most important international labour standards protecting the workers’ rights such as the International Labor Organization (ILO) Conventions and other important Declarations of the United Nations, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) guidelines for multinational enterprises and the UN Global Compact. Most of our factories are audited according to the BSCI verification system, others are audited through SA8000, WRAP or SEDEX systems.
Bangladesh Transition Accord
O’Neill Europe commits to the continuation of the Transition Accord in Bangladesh.
In 2018, O’Neill Europe has signed the Bangladesh Transition Accord, with the aim to further strengthen the building and fire safety situation in Bangladesh. In the past 5 years the Bangladesh garment sector has much improved in building and fire safety, but also millions of Bangladesh workers have been trained on their rights to safe work. We appreciate the joined work of the signatories of the Bangladesh Accord and fully support the aim to continue the work.
We stand to our new commitment under the Transition Accord to finalize the work of the first Accord but also fully support the Remediation Coordination Cell (RCC), a body from the Government of Bangladesh that will focus on managing the remediation process for garment factories, to be in a state to professionally take over from the Accord. We do not want to leave while a safe and responsible transfer to a competent national authority is not safeguarded. We are certainly aware of the hurdles that all parties involved have to take, as the negotiations regarding the graduate transfer of responsibilities back to the Bangladesh Government are ongoing. We trust in the work of the Accord Steering Committee, the Government of Bangladesh, the ILO and the good will of all concerned parties with which we are in alignment, and hope the negotiations will lead to a solution for the safety of workers.
However, we realise that there is still the possibility that there will be no extension and the Accord may not be allowed to further operate in the country. In the case of an abortion of the Transition Accord, the parties involved will have to re-consider the steps they will take. We would be prepared to join these efforts . As brand, we hope the handover of the work of the Accord to the Bengali Government will be successful.
We confirm hereby that we continue to participate in the Transition Accord with the aim to complete the next term of 3 years.
A CSR report on the progress of our sustainability goals will follow mid of this year.
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