Twenty-one brands and buyers from North America, who were the signatories of Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, recently launched a new platform, Nirapon, for safety monitoring in the Bangladesh readymade garment (RMG) units that supply them. Jamilur Reza Chowdhury, Vice Chancellor of the University of Asia-Pacific in Dhaka, is the Chairman of Nirapon board. Chowdhury clarified that Nirapon is in no way a regulating body, but will use a brand-led approach to safety monitoring, oversight and reporting services for its members based on Bangladesh laws to help the factories build their own self-sustaining culture of safety, according to a report.