When in 2013 the Rana Plaza building collapsed – killing 1,134 workers – it was clear that something needed to change to address the notoriously unsafe Bangladesh garment industry. Only a few weeks later the Bangladesh Safety Accord was launched. In the past few years, the Accord has carried out inspections, overseen repairs and trained workers in the field of safety covering over 1,600 factories supplying more than 200 brands. This programme is due to end on 15 May 2018. A new Transition Accord is ready to take over, but it needs commitment from brands to be able to continue its work and to protect as many workers as possible. There is no other credible way to keep workers in Bangladesh safe, whatever brands say.
Read more about the Bangladesh Accord.
Read this fact sheet about the Bangladesh Accord