Bangladesh Accord Arbitrations

The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) is currently administering two arbitrations arising under the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh signed on 15 May 2013 (Accord). The Accord is an agreement between global brands and trade unions created in the aftermath of the Rana Plaza building collapse, to establish a fire and building safety programme for workers in the textile industry in Bangladesh. IndustriALL Global Union and UNI Global Union (Claimants) commenced arbitrations under the Accord and the UNCITRAL Rules of Arbitration 2010 against a global fashion brand (Respondent in PCA Case No. 2016-36) on 8 July 2016, and against another global fashion brand (Respondent in PCA Case No. 2016-37) on 11 October 2016.


Case information

Name(s) of Claimant(s) IndustriALL Global Union (- Other -)
Name(s) of Respondent(s) Respondent in PCA Case No. 2016-36 (Private entity )
Names of Parties -
Case number 2016-36; 2016-37
Administering institution Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA)
Case status Pending
Type of case Contract-based or other arbitration
Subject matter or economic sector Manufacturing
Rules used in arbitral proceedings UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules 2010
Treaty or contract under which proceedings were commenced (Contract)
Language of Proceeding English
Seat of Arbitration (by Country) Netherlands
Arbitrator(s)

Mr Donald Francis Donovan (Presiding Arbitrator)
Mr Graham Dunning QC
Professor Hans Petter Graver

Representatives of the Claimant(s)

Ms Marney L. Cheek
Ms Erin Thomas
Ms Clovis Trevino
COVINGTON & BURLING LLP

Mr Albert Marsman
DE BRAUW BLACKSTONE WESTBROEK N.V.

Representatives of the Respondent(s) -
Representatives of the Parties
Number of Arbitrators in case 3
Date of commencement of proceeding 01 January 2016
Date of issue of final award -
Length of Proceedings
Additional notes

Under the instructions of the Tribunal, the PCA will issue press releases from time to time containing information on the procedural steps taken by the Tribunal. The identity of the Respondents and their representatives will be kept confidential.  Following consultation with the Parties, the Tribunal has issued Procedural Order No. 4 containing a protocol on confidentiality and transparency, which allows for publication of orders, decisions, and awards after redaction of certain confidential information.  Such materials will become available on the PCA website in due course.


Attachments

Procedural Order
Procedural Order No. 2 (on Admissibility and Confidentiality/Transparency) (Redacted)
Procedural Order No. 1 (Redacted)
Press Release
Press Release No. 1 (EN)
Press Release No. 1 (FR)
Other
2016-36 Terms of Appointment (Redacted)
2016-37 Terms of Appointment (Redacted)

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