At TALLY WEiJL we care about our local communities and every year we work towards growing and strengthening them. An organization very dear to us that serves exactly this purpose is GI Basel.
GI Basel, “Gemeinnützige Institutionen Basel”, is a non-profit organization that actively campaigns for the interests of regional and non-commercial institutions from diverse areas in social, health, youth, family and cultural fields.
For many years now, TALLY WEiJL has been supporting GI Basel with annual donations that help to positively encourage development.
More information about GI Basel can be found on www.gi-basel.ch
BETTER WORKING CONDITIONS
At TALLY WEiJL we strive to set an example for fair and sustainable production in developing countries. To prove our commitment, TALLY WEiJL signed the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh on 15th May 2014.
The implementation of the Bangladesh Accord was due to the collapse of the Rana-Plaza factory building, where more than 1,100 workers lost their lives. TALLY WEiJL never produced in the Rana-Plaza complex, but “this tragedy must not leave us unchanged”, says Beat Grüring, CEO of TALLY WEiJL. “We are convinced that the Accord makes a valuable contribution to safer and better working conditions in Bangladesh.”
Long before signing the Accord, TALLY WEiJL reacted. With the help of independent experts, TALLY WEiJL examined all textile factories that they had business relationships with to ensure the safety of their workers. Where deficiencies were found, a modification period was initiated to eliminate them. “Otherwise”, Beat Grüring states, “we would have put an end to our business partnerships.” When following the required safety standards, TALLY WEiJL guarantees the factories in Bangladesh long-term contracts in return.
By joining the Accord, TALLY WEiJL supports thorough inspection of all textile factories in Bangladesh. This initiative requires International Trade Unions, NGOs, and a group of independent engineers to control the building and fire safety of these production plants. So far, more than 530 factories have been inspected.