Signing of ‘Geneva Declaration’ between the Employers of Bangladesh and ILO to promote the ‘Employment Injury Scheme’ Pilot

Press release | 02 June 2022
DHAKA (ILO News) - The Employers of Bangladesh have given their consent to support the International Labour Organization (ILO), in promoting the ‘Employment Injury Scheme’ as a Pilot in the RMG sector in Bangladesh.

Senior representatives from BEF, BGMEA, BKMEA, and ILO senior officials at the International Labour Conference in Geneva, on May 31, 2022.
The ‘Geneva Declaration’, supporting the EIS Pilot, was signed with the Bangladesh Employers on 31 May 2022, at the International Labour Conference, in Geneva. The Presidents of Bangladesh Employers Federation (BEF), BGMEA, the Executive President of BKMEA, other senior representatives from Employer organizations, and ILO senior officials were present at the signing event.

A delegation of the Bangladesh Employers’ Federation represents the employers every year, at the International Labour Conference (ILC) held in Geneva. As a part of the ILC, the delegates met with ILO senior officials on 31 May, to discuss the EIS as per the Pilot framework. The EIS Pilot framework has been endorsed by Bangladesh’s tripartite constituents on 10th March 2022. It was informed at the signing event that the Pilot program will be launched in the first week of July 2022. Initially, the Pilot is for three years, with an option to extend it for another two years. There will be an established monitoring system throughout the Pilot implementation, and the progress will be measured as per the framework, with a set of indicators, and milestones. The delegates agreed to give their full support to the EIS Pilot as well as to attend the formal launching of the Pilot.

The Pilot’s success depends on the full commitment of the Employers’ organizations, Workers’ organizations, and the Government authorities which bear the general responsibility of putting into place an effective protection against work-related injury.

ILO and GIZ are providing technical support to the Government of Bangladesh, Employers and Workers organizations in implementing employment injury scheme pilot through a project funded by Government of Netherlands and Germany.  

For more information, please contact:
Noushin Shah, National Project Coordinator, EIS