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18 Aug 2013

Author:
Aron Carmer, BSR in Global : the international briefing

Lessons of Dhaka: the united action plan that could prevent sweatshop disasters [Bangladesh]

The factory collapse at Rana Plaza in Dhaka, which claimed 1,127 lives, has refocused the world’s attention on the plight of underpaid, overworked garment workers in developing countries…As these distressing events continue to unfold, it is time to pursue new actions…First, governments need to get back in the game…policing factories is less important than implementing responsible purchasing practices…technology may be part of the solution…while attention tends to fix on individual brands, collaboration is the only way to achieve systemic change…Each of these ideas has the potential to improve workers’ lives, health and dignity, while creating a stable, sustainable supply chain. But real progress will happen only when all of them are pursued together.

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