Q & A: Ali Enterprises Fire in Karachi, Pakistan [Pakistan]
Author: Social Accountability International , Published on: 20 September 2012
All of us at Social Accountability International (SAI) and at Social Accountability Accreditation Services (SAAS) are horrified by the fire at Ali Enterprises in Karachi, Pakistan, on Wednesday, September 12, in which nearly 300 workers died. We are determined to learn how and why it happened. The day following the fire SAAS was informed by RINA, a global certification body based in Genova, Italy, that RINA had issued an SA8000 certification to the Ali Enterprises factory in August 2012…SAI and SAAS began an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the certification, and released a public statement on September 16 based on verified information. News reports have been full of discrepancies, from the number of workers at the factory, to the number of victims, to whether fire emergency doors failed to work.