The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh has suspended all factory inspections and educational activities in the country amid fears of coronavirus spread.
The decision came considering the health safety of its employees.
Seeking anonymity, an Accord Bangladesh official told The Business Standard they were currently working from home. Thursday was their physical office day.
We have conducted our last factory inspection on Wednesday. The inspection has been suspended from this week, he added.
The official also mentioned most of the apparel factories have already closed following the government decision.
Accord and Alliance were formed for five years After the collapse of the Rana Plaza building on April 24, 2013, when over 1,100 people died, to improve the work environment of garment factories. The tenure ended in June 2018.
However, the government extended the tenure by six months to complete the remediation process by November 30, 2019.
Since then, Accord has secured two-time extensions from the Bangladesh Supreme Court for operating in the country.
The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh has agreed with apparel exporters to leave the country by May 31 this year.