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Activities Implemented

2023

October 17 Roll-out of information sessions sensitizing Bangladeshi suppliers for the processes of the EIS Pilot has started with the first suppliers sessions on 17th of October
October 1 Third Sub-Committee held with endorsement of death and permanent disability cases View Details of All Cases
September 14 5th Governance Compensation Board meeting held with discussion on role out of information to all RMG factories. The Board advised designing a poster with necessary information on EIS, to expedite the awareness-raising among workers
August 17 Second Sub-Committee held with endorsement of death and permanent disability cases View Details of All Cases
August 3 First disability assessment conducted based on an agreement between DIFE and the Central Fund
June 13 Agreement in principle on the list of participating factories for the EIS Pilot’s data collection (statistical purpose) and capacity building component
June 4 – 6 Tripartite Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue held for development and agreement with tripartite constituents on a draft communication strategy towards workers and employers regarding the compensation component
June 1 First Sub-Committee meeting held with endorsement of cases View Details of All Cases
May 15 Separate Account has been opened under Central Fund for the operationalization of EIS Pilot
May 10 4th Governance Compensation Board meeting held with adoption of EIS Pilot Governance Board Rules for the Management and Operation of the Employment Injury Insurance Scheme in Bangladesh (RMG) as well as the Detailed calculation of the Employment Injury Scheme (EIS) Pilot top-up benefits and approval of sub-committee for timely decisions on endorsement of claims View Details
May 7 – 11 ILO Technical Mission to Bangladesh for tripartite meetings on progress of the EIS Pilot
April 11 3rd Governance Compensation Board meeting held with approval of opening of a separate sub account. This EIS Pilot separate account can be used only and for the sole purpose of financing the documented and approved benefits of the EIS Pilot and documented operating costs including any fees or other payments to external service partners and consultants View Details
March 20 Workshop with Central Fund on the update of ongoing work of the EIS Special Unit and the progress of the EIS Pilot
March 14 Webinar with ICS on March to share information on Pilot among brands and retailers (France)
March 12 MoLE issued a notification on the reformation of the Governance Board with 11 member representatives from the tripartite constituents
March 8 Joint webinar with Ethical Trading Initiative and Fair Wear Foundation to share information on EIS Pilot among brands and retailers
March 6 Webinar organised by the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles to share information on Pilot among brands and retailers (Germany)
March Roll-out of the accident reporting module of the Labour Information Management Application (LIMA) software of DIFE View Details
January 26 DIFE instructs DIGs of 31 DIFE offices to create awareness on the factory facing module of LIMA Notice
January 1 Establishment and deployment of a Special Unit at the Central Fund with the mandate to conduct activities related to the EIS Pilot View Details

2022

December 4 2nd meeting of the Governance Board on Piloting Employment Injury Insurance Scheme in Bangladesh held
October 20 1st meeting of the Governance Board on Piloting Employment Injury Insurance Scheme in Bangladesh held
October 20 IndustriALL Global Union and the Local Authority Pension Fund Forum co-host a one-hour discussion of the recently launched Employment Injury Scheme (EIS) for ready-made garment workers in Bangladesh Press release
Webinar
October 16 Appointment of a special advisor on the EIS Pilot to the Central Fund
September Participating brands representative monitoring group established
September Process mapping of the Central Fund’s accident reporting and claim management procedure in collaboration with BGMEA and BKMEA finalised
September 1 Considering the recommendations from the tripartite partners, the Government of Bangladesh (GOB) issued an amended gazette of BLR 2015, allowing the establishment of a separate Governance Board for EIS Pilot, and opening a separate account for EIS Pilot
August Launching of ILO bank account in Geneva for voluntary financial contributions by brands participating in the EIS Pilot
July 17 – 18 Mission of an ILO expert on social protection management information systems to Bangladesh for technical support to the EIS Pilot
July 5 2nd meeting of the Technical Committee on Piloting Employment Injury Insurance Scheme (EIIS) in Bangladesh held
June 21 Official launch of the EIS Pilot by the Government of Bangladesh, including the announcement of 7 international brands pledging voluntary financial contributions to the EIS Pilot Press release
June 9 Workshop with workers organisations at the Workers Resource Centre (WRC) to support the implementation of the EIS Pilot on the side of the workers representation
May 31 Signing of the Geneva Declaration between employer associations (BEF, BGMEA and BKMEA) and the ILO on promoting the EIS Pilot Press release
April 22 The tripartite partners jointly recommend an amendment of the Bangladesh Labour Rules for a separate Governance Board as well as the amendment of the provision that the Governance Board can direct the opening a subaccount at the Central Fund for the EIS Pilot Press release
April 20 Workshop with the Central Fund on its role and responsibilities in the implementation of the EIS Pilot
April Finalisation of the development of the accident reporting module within the Labour Information Management Application (LIMA) software of DIFE and pre-testing with selected factories
March 11 MoLE notification to authorize the Central Fund to oversee the EIS Pilot
March 10 Endorsement of the Framework for a Sustainable Employment Injury Insurance Scheme in Bangladesh which outlines the design of the EIS Pilot Framework
January 1 Start of the GIZ project Social Protection for Workers in the Textile and Leather Sector Project website

2021

December 19 – 23 Governmental exchange study visit of MoLE to the Social Security Fund (SSF) of Nepal for elaboration on the Management Information Software openIMIS utilised in the SSF for implementing social insurance programmes Article on the study tour
December 2 – 4 1st meeting of the Technical Working Group (TWG) held
November 11 Integration of the implementation of the EIS Pilot into the road map of actions concerning outstanding issues regarding ILO Conventions by the Government of Bangladesh Roadmap
September 14 Based on the recommendation of the Technical Committee, MoLE forms a Technical Working Group (TWG) comprising of representatives of government, employers and workers as well as ILO and GIZ to support the Technical Committee on Piloting Employment Injury Insurance Scheme (EIIS) in Bangladesh” MoLE notification
August 15 Start of the ILO project Implementation of a Pilot of an Employment Injury Scheme (EIS) in Bangladesh Project website
July 6th 1st meeting of the Technical Committee on Piloting Employment Injury Insurance Scheme (EIIS) in Bangladesh held
February 18 Formation of the Technical Committee on Piloting Employment Injury Insurance Scheme (EIIS) in Bangladesh comprising of representatives of employers, workers, government as well as ILO and GIZ by the MoLE
February – November Training courses conducted by the International Training Centre of the ILO (ITCILO):

  • Workshop on Employment Injury Insurance for Civil Society Organizations, February 16 – 18
  • Workshop on Employment Injury Insurance for Journalists, February 23 – 25
  • Training of Trainers on Employment Injury Insurance, March 7 – 11 (first batch) & June 27 – July 1 (second batch)
  • Workshop on Employment Injury Insurance for Government Representatives, June 8 – 10 Workshop on Employment Injury Insurance for Employers, November 3 – 4
for further details on the training, please visit: Information on Training

2019 – 2020

June 2020 – March 2021 Development of the Framework for a Sustainable Employment Injury Insurance Scheme in Bangladesh in cooperation with all relevant stakeholders, which outlines the design of the EIS Pilot
January 2020 – February 2021 Extensive discussions with tripartite stakeholders of Bangladesh as well as international brands on the design of the EIS Pilot held
September 2019 Signing of the Berlin Declaration between the Government of Bangladesh, represented by the Ministry of Labour and Employment (MoLE), the German Government, represented by the Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV) on collaborating to develop the basic components of an EIS Press release

Upcoming activities

Overarching
Continuous dialogue with brands, retailers, development agencies and foreign governments regarding updates to the EIS Pilot
Continuous dialogue with tripartite stakeholders, including via the Tripartite Committee and the EIS Compensation Governance Board
Data Gathering
Roll-out of data collection process
Signing of MOUs with selected factories on data collection process
Top-up Compensation
Initiation of a workers’ hotline for the EIS Pilot (as part of the existing DIFE hotline)
Development of trouble-shooting and streamlining processes for the compensation administration in order to make it simply, efficient and credible
Finalisation of the Management Information System for the EIS Pilot