A statement on the Bangladesh factory fire

Over the weekend a fire broke out at a garment factory in Bangladesh, killing at least 112 people. We at Sedex are very shocked and saddened by this event and our thoughts and sympathies go out to the victims and their families.

As stories of the fire circulate and we learn more about the tragic events of the weekend, it has become increasingly clear that the impact of the fire was greatly worsened by substandard safety procedures. With several large brands implicated, it highlights more than ever that there is no room for complacency when it comes to monitoring supply chain standards and that transparency throughout the supply chain is key to ensuring the safety and welfare of workers.

Sedex has been mentioned in relation to this story and we would like to take this opportunity to clarify how Sedex works with its members to help drive improvements in the supply chain.

Sedex is an online platform which helps organisations to manage risk by driving transparency through the supply chain. Suppliers can use the platform to share audit reports (and other information) with their customers, and brands and retailers can use the platform to identify potential risk areas and gain visibility of their suppliers’ activities.

It’s important to note that Sedex is not a standard setting body, code of conduct or certification.  Sedex is also not an auditing company and does not commission or carry out audits of any description. Instead our role is to enable members to effectively share and manage supply chain information.

This incident has unfortunately reminded us that there is a long way to go when it comes to ensuring standards in the supply chain. However, we hope that by striving for visibility throughout the supply chain and building trusted relationships with suppliers, the textiles and clothing industry can help stamp out tragedies such as this one.


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