Transparency is at the core of the Life and Building Safety program. Only by providing insights into the program and its partners, LABS can be as effective as possible. Therefore, once the LABS program is fully operational, high levels of transparency will be provided, particularly surrounding its standard, activities, progress, and remediation status of factory partners.

The program will publicly share:

  • The LABS Standard and Methodology by which factories are measured for Structural, Fire and Electrical safety
  • Assessment protocols
  • The program’s factory list
  • Factory assessment data (also when a factory is long-term non-compliant)
  • Corrective action plans (CAPs)
  • Remediation reports
  • Helpline data
  • LABS newsletters
Factories


Factories onboarded

India: 43

Vietnam: 101

Workers reached

India: 45186

Vietnam: 225167

Factories assessed

India: 36

Vietnam: 77



FACTORY STATUS REPORT
Remediations Update
VIETNAM INDIA

FIRE
  •  90% of the factories removed temporary obstacles from evacuation pathways
  • 61% of the factories provided additional illuminated exit signs
  • 38% of the factories replaced shutters and sliding doors with side-hung doors
  • 30% of the factories removed locking mechanisms from exit doors
  • 38% of the factories have installed emergency lights.
  • 59% of the factories have removed temporary obstacles from the evacuation pathways.
  • 64% of the factories have installed the illuminated exit signages.
  • 25% of the factories have removed locking mechanism from the exit doors.

ELECTRICAL
  • 82% of the factories removed lint and dust from electrical panels and distribution boards
  • 78% of the factories provided backup power for emergency lighting and fire alarms
  • 73% of the factories remediated issues related to high temperatures in electrical panels and distribution boards
  • 66% of the factories provided protection devices and sockets/ferrules for the cables
  • 83% of the factories have removed lint and dust from electrical panels and distribution boards.
  • 88% of the factories have taken needful corrective actions to reduce high temperatures observed in electrical panels and distribution boards.
  • 94% of the factories have provided earthing connections for the electrical components.

STRUCTURAL
  • 56% of the factories installed bracings for the boiler heating vents
  • 43% of the factories remediated the issues related to the vertical structural system
  • 27% of the factories remediated the issues regarding the corrosion of steel elements
  • 24% of the factories added or tightened bracings for the lateral structural system in their steel buildings
  • 28% of the factories have remediated issues related to cracks observed in beams and columns.
  • 33% of the factories have remediated corrosion observed in non-engineered structures (such as MS shed).
  • 44% of the factories have remediated the dampness observed in walls.

LABS Initiative will post information about factories that are behind schedule in their remediation activities or are terminated from the program due to consistently missing remediation deadlines. Brand’s sourcing teams will have access to detailed data on this.

LABS will monitor remedial actions. Assessments will be performed by vetted experts. LABS Factory Coordinators will function as facilitators between factories and LABS Brands and Retailers regarding monitoring, assessment and remediation.

LABS is committed to monitor corrective action plans (CAPs) as per LABS Standards and Methodology. An account for each participating factory will be created on the Fair Factories Clearinghouse (FFC) online platform to share reports, assessments, training information, and CAPs with the participating brands. Inspections by LABS vetted assessment firms will be reported on the FFC platform. Summaries of the remediation data will also be shared with wider stakeholders, on the LABS website, which shows which factories are committed to making a positive change.

 

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