Mary Robinson Speaker Series 2013

Welcome to the fourth event in the annual Mary Robinson Speaker Series in New York City: "The Rana Plaza Disaster in Bangladesh: Taking Stock Half a Year On - And marking one year since the Tazreen factory fire", Weds Nov 20, 2013, 3-5pm.  Details of the speakers are below.  And for those on Twitter, please participate and send questions for the Q&A using the hashtag #TazreenRanaPlaza.

Note: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre's coverage of the Rana Plaza building collapse and the steps that have been taken since then is here.

Join us on 20 November for an important conversation on the rights of workers in the garment sector.  What are the root causes of tragedies like the Rana Plaza building collapse and the Tazreen factory fire?  What has to change to prevent them from happening again?  And what are the wider implications for companies and government?

We are delighted that Kalpona Akter will give the keynote speech.  Kalpona is Executive Director of the Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity, one of Bangladesh’s most prominent labor rights advocacy organizations, and is herself a former child garment worker.  Her speech will be followed by a panel discussion hosted by Steven Greenhouse of the New York Times and an audience Q&A.

Panelists (in addition to Kalpona Akter):

Lauren Compere, Managing Director, Boston Common Asset Management

Judy Gearhart,Executive Director, International Labor Rights Forum

Harpreet Kaur, South Asia Researcher, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

Sarah Labowitz, Co-director of the NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights

Chloë Poynton, Manager, Advisory Services, BSR

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