Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety Releases Factories List & Board Approves Fire and Building Safety Standards - Committee of Experts Appointed to Oversee Initiative Implementation

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21 April 2016

Fast fashion is crucial to Bangladesh. So what’s changed since the Rana Plaza disaster?

Author: Debbie Coulter, Ethical Trading Initiative

So what’s happened since then? Has the situation improved? And what lessons have been learnt...

It’s safe to say that Rana Plaza and the less well publicised Tazreen fashion factory fire that left over 100 dead in 2012, acted as wake-up calls to the garment industry...They galvanised global companies and brands to address the systemic health, safety and labour issues that riddled the industry...But here are two main issues:

  • Addressing occupational health and safety.
  • Promoting worker rights including freedom of association.

Strong health and safety provision. Decent wages. Better terms and conditions of employment. Freedom of association. They all have to be delivered. That’s going to take more time and effort. And most importantly it’s going to take even more collaboration...Between local factory owners and their workforce, with global brands and companies, and in partnership with strong trade unions and committed local NGOs.

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24 October 2013

[PDF] Statement six months from Rana Plaza factory collapse - Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh

Author: Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh

Upon the six month anniversary of the building collapse in Dhaka that resulted in the deaths of 1,133 people, Andy York, member of the Steering Committee of the Accord for Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh today commented on behalf of the signatories of the Accord.

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22 October 2013

Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety Releases Factories List & Board Approves Fire and Building Safety Standards - Committee of Experts Appointed to Oversee Initiative Implementation

Author: Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety

In its ongoing effort to improve building and fire safety standards across the Bangladesh ready-made garment industry, the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety today announced a number of essential milestones achieved during the past 30 days. These include the release of the list of Alliance member factories, adoption of fire and building safety standards, and investments in the organization’s technical expertise and on-the-ground staffing in Bangladesh.

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