Inspectors hired by a group of Western clothing brands have found safety problems at all the Bangladesh factories they visited as part of an initiative launched after a building collapse last year killed more than 1,100 workers.
As much as brands talk about compliance and concern for workers’ rights and safety, the unfortunate reality is that price is still king, says Edward Hertzman.
The unfilled Rana Plaza compensation fund exposes the fashion industry’s inability to hold brands accountable for their actions, even when those actions have disastrous consequences.
On Fashion Revolution Day, the anniversary of the Rana Plaza garment factory collapse in Bangladesh, Tamsin Blanchard challenges consumers take action against mindless fashion consumption.
SAVAR, Bangladesh — Bangladesh began compiling details Monday about the victims of the 2013 Rana Plaza factory collapse as part of a compensation deal, but dozens of people took to the streets demanding a more complete accounting of the disaster.
BERLIN, Germany — British clothes retailer Primark will pay a further $10 million in compensation to victims of the collapse of a Bangladeshi factory last year that killed more than 1,100 people.
DHAKA, Bangladesh — Inspections of Bangladesh garment factories under a new safety initiative have found cracked support beams, substandard building materials and exposed electrical cables chewed by rats.
Garment manufacturing is global. But the rules that protect workers are not, creating a race to the bottom amongst poor countries aiming to attract foreign investment with the lowest wages and flimsiest safety standards. In the wake of recent tragedies and protests in Bangladesh, Cambodia and Haiti, it’s time for a global minimum wage, argues Tansy E. Hoskins.
DUBLIN, Ireland — Primark will make another compensation payment to victims of the Rana Plaza factory disaster in Bangladesh, the discount clothing chain said on Thursday, calling on other international brands to follow suit.
DHAKA, Bangladesh — Six months ago, when 1,127 Bangladeshi workers were killed in the collapse of a high-rise warren of garment factories, international outcry led to pledges by western retailers and the government to set up a large-scale inspection regime and a new wage system.
In the wake of Rana Plaza, it’s clear that voluntary self-inspection of garment factories by brands and retailers is not enough to avoid terrible human tragedy. Workplace health and safety standards must be set and enforced by the workers themselves, argues Tansy E Hoskins.
GENEVA, Switzerland — Primark, the budget fashion chain owned by Associated British Foods Plc, will pay all victims of the collapsed Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh more short-term financial aid after talks today with other brands fell short of a more permanent resolution advocated by unions.
GENEVA, Switzerland — A meeting of retailers, labor unions and non-governmental organizations starts today in Geneva to discuss compensation for those killed and injured in two factory disasters in Bangladesh.