Fire and building safety


On April 24th 2013, Rana Plaza a building housing five garment factories in Bangladesh's capital Dhaka, collapsed. Nine stories of concrete came crashing down killing 1,138 people and injuring over 2,000 more. It was the worst industrial accident to ever hit the garment industry. At least 27 global garment brands had recent or current orders in with the five garment factories in the building. The terrible injuries suffered, lost husbands, wives, and children can never be compensated for, but these families can and should be compensated for loss of income and medical costs.

Compensation needed for victims

In January 2014 the Rana Plaza Arrangement was launched - an unprecedented coordinated approach which will ensure all those who have suffered due to the collapse will receive payments to cover loss of income and medical costs. US$30 million was needed in the Rana Plaza Trust fund to ensure payments can be made to all the Rana Plaza families. It took over two years for the fund to be completed and the full amount needed to be raised. 


Survivors demand brands pay up

“I felt a shock and the floor gave way. People started running in chaos and the ceiling came down. I kept protecting my head, but I got stuck between the rubble. My hand got stuck and I thought I would die. People around died.” (Shila Begum)

Watch a video clip of Rana Plaza survivors calling on brands to pay compensation.


Find out more

Want to know more about what is happening in Bangladesh? Use the links below to get more information on the Arrangement to pay compensation, the Fund, and the Accord on Fire and Building Safety.

The Rana Plaza Donors Trust Fund: who can donate, who has paid in (and who hasn't)
The Accord on Fire and Building Safety: which brands have signed, inspections



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