Transparency is at the core of the Life and Building Safety program. By providing insights into the program and its partners, LABS strives to be as effective as possible. Therefore, maintaining a high level of transparency, LABS publicly shares information around its standard, activities, progress, and remediation status of factory partners. Additionally, LABS also share Helpline data on a regular basis

The program publicly shares:

  • 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: 126

Vietnam: 211

Cambodia: 62

Workers reached

India: 162783

Vietnam: 495476

Cambodia: 149198

Safety trainings conducted

India: 156

Vietnam: 348

Cambodia: 22

Factories assessed

India: 113

Vietnam: 204

Cambodia: 41



FACTORY STATUS REPORT
Remediations Update
VIETNAM INDIA

FIRE
  • 100% of the factories have removed temporary obstacles from evacuation pathways
  • 85% of the factories have provided additional emergency lighting
  • 84% of the factories have provided additional fire alarm
  • 71% of the factories have installed the additional fire detectors
  • 60% of the factories remediated issues related to the exit doors
  • 83% of the factories have removed temporary obstacles from evacuation pathways
  • 90% of the factories have installed emergency lights
  • 90% of the factories have installed illuminated exit signages
  • 76% of the factories remediated issues related to the exit doors

 


ELECTRICAL
  • 96% of the factories have removed lint and dust from electrical panels and distribution boards
  • 94% of the factories have remediated the issues related to the supplies to life safety systems
  • 95% of the factories have remediated issues related to high temperatures in electrical panels and distribution boards
  • 72% of the factories have provided protective earthing connections
  • 95% of the factories have removed lint and dust from electrical panels and distribution boards
  • 95% of the factories have provided earthing connections for the electrical components
  • 95% of the factories have remediated issues related to high temperatures in electrical panels and distribution boards

STRUCTURAL
  • 74% of the factories have remediated the issues related to missing bracings in steel buildings
  • 70% of the factories have remediated issues related to visible distress in structural members such as cracks
  • 66% of the factories have provided allowable loading plans for the factory buildings
  • 51% of the factories have remediated the issues related to cracks observed in beams and columns
  • 71% of the factories have remediated the corrosion observed in non-engineered structures (such as MS Shed)
  • 67% of the factories have remediated the dampness observed in the walls

LABS Initiative posts 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 have access to detailed data on this.

LABS monitors remedial actions and assessments are performed by vetted experts. LABS Factory Coordinators function as facilitators between factories and LABS Brands and Retailers regarding monitoring, assessment and remediation.

LABS is committed to monitoring corrective action plans (CAPs) as per LABS Standards and Methodology. An account for each participating factory is 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 is be reported on the FFC platform. Summaries of the remediation data is also be shared with wider stakeholders, on the LABS website, which shows which factories are committed to making a positive change.