Stop Exploitation in the Fashion Industry! More Transparency in Supply Chains!

Dhaka Savar Building Collapse Einsturz des Gebäude-Komplexes Rana Plaza am 24. April 2013, Quelle: Flickr: Dhaka Savar Building Collapse, Autor: rijans | Bild (Ausschnitt): © rijans [CC BY-SA 2.0] - flickr

On April 24, 2017, the collapse of the eight-storey building complex Plaza Rana in Dhaka, Bangladesh, marked its fourth anniversary. Along with two devastating fires in the textile factories Ali Enterprises in Pakistan and Tazreen in Bangladesh, in which factory workers were burnt alive, the symptomatic inhuman working conditions in the garment industry were revealed.  The newly published report, “Follow the Thread: The Need for Supply Chain Transparency in the Garment and Footwear Industry” calls on the fashion industry to increase transparency in global supply chains in the garment industry, and indicates cases where a substantial need for action remains.   ... →

The Myanmar Dilemma

Primark Filliale | Bild (Ausschnitt): © Xmate09 [CC BY-SA 3.0] - Wikimedia

The garment industry has long been heavily criticized for fostering low wages, long working hours, child labor and health issues in Bangladesh and Pakistan. It has recently been observed that fashion manufacturing in Myanmar is steadily increasing. It seems that the garment industry is shifting manufacturing sites to other countries after public attention was raised by the collapse of the Rana Plaza production facility in 2013.   ... →

Companies Make Donations to Rana Plaza Victims’ Fund

Following the Rana Plaza collapse Bangladesh in 2013, negotiations between clothing companies, factory owners, labor groups and the Bangladesh government have resulted in the “Rana Plaza Donors Trust Fund.” The disaster claimed over 1,100 lives and was the greatest disaster the industry has seen thus far. The fund aims to raise $40 million to compensate survivors, those who were injured, and families of the dead for their lost wages, medical expenses, and other expenses.   ... →

In Bangladesh 50000 textile worker on strike for higher wages

Last Saturday more than 50,000 textile worker went in Dhaka on strike to demand a minimum wage of 8000 Taka (75.50 Euro) per month. So far, the manufacturers offered the worker union a 20 percent increase, which is still far below the demanded wage increase. At the moment, most of the four million workers earn just around 28 Euro.   ... →

H&M and Inditex Newest Signatories of Bangladeshi Safety Accord

Worker rampages ensued following the recent collapse of a garment factory in Bangladesh in April that killed over 1,100 people. In response to the tragic event, many large retailers, including H&M, Inditex (owner of Zara), and Primark, have chosen to sign the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, a document that extends retailers’ accountability for conditions at their garment supply factories.   ... →