Why a Landmark Agreement to Protect Garment Workers Risks Falling Apart
After the Rana Plaza disaster, hundreds of brands signed the Bangladesh Accord, a highly effective binding commitment on safety many labour groups had hoped could serve as a template elsewhere. With the Accord due to expire next week, its legacy hangs in the balance.
A landmark piece of legislation designed to make companies accountable for labour abuses and environmental damage in their supply chains has faltered, reflecting growing political opposition to more onerous climate rules.
The Worker Rights Consortium says that garment workers have been denied billions of pounds of legally mandated severance pay after being sacked or losing their jobs due to brands cancelling orders or factory closures.