bangladesh factory collapse
We need clear protections with the force of law, protections against reprisals for those who raise concerns, and support for community-based organizations that stand with and are led by women workers.
Fair Trade Month is a time to spread the word about who and where our products come from. This means putting the spotlight on challenges like child labor in cocoa and slavery in seafood, and also celebrating the farms, factories, brands and retailers that are doing things differently.
H&M has fallen behind schedule on securing life-saving safety upgrades in their Bangladeshi supplier factories. Such delays are risky for a company that saw 21 workers killed in a fire at their supplier, Garib & Garib, in 2010. H&M is the largest buyer in Bangladesh, and with great power comes great responsibility.
One moment Reshma Begum was sewing. The next she was falling from her station on the second floor into the basement of the Rana Plaza garment factory in Savar, Bangladesh.
Prevention is key but it is just as important to be prepared in case of future accidents. This can be done through an employment injury insurance (EII) scheme that spreads the risks across all employers at the national level.
VF Corporation also owns North Face, Vans and Timberland. "The sheer size of VF's presence and influence in Bangladesh behooves
Last week, at the invitation of my friend Muhammad Yunus, I traveled to Bangladesh, a truly humbling and inspiring experience. I met so many incredible people struggling to improve their country and their lives.
We recognize that these incidents violate basic human rights, they are avoidable and they must stop.
Meanwhile, the government of Bangladesh remains largely powerless to do anything about worker safety, hamstrung by corruption
The factory collapse was a horrific reminder of how important it is to support companies that make treating workers fairly a priority. That means taking more responsibility as consumers.
In response to the Bangladeshi factory collapse, many people called for increased safety standards in Bangladeshi garment factories. Although well-intended, these calls for increased regulation, if enacted and enforced, would have reduced the welfare of many of the nearly 4 million workers.
For those committed to empowering girls and women, and to achieving gender equality, we must re-double our efforts to right the balance of perceptions: ensuring that images of girls and women reflect their strengths and contributions.
"We have some ideas in the company. But it is too early to talk about them," he said. Persson told Die Welt that the Swedish
Rock-bottom wages and trade deals have made Bangladesh's garments sector a $22 billion industry that accounts for four-fifths
Sikder said she feels personally that any brand that purchased clothes from Rana Plaza had a hand in what happened, however