Fashion brands’ continuing failure to reveal their Bangladesh suppliers is impeding progress to prevent another tragedy, say human rights campaigners. But C&A Foundation aims to use crowdsourcing to digitally map the entire Bangladesh garment sector
Six workers were killed in a Bangladesh garment factory fire last month. In July, 10 people were killed and 50 injured when a boiler exploded at another factory.
Four years after 1,100 people were killed in the Rana Plaza disaster, workers are still dying from unsafe conditions in Bangladesh garment sector, highlighting lack of progress in clothing brands’ commitments to transparency and accountability in their supply chains in the wake of the 2013 collapse.
Following what is considered the deadliest disaster in the garment industry, the Bangladesh government rushed to improve safety measures, including labour reforms regarding workers’ rights.
Two major agreements between global brands and trade unions – the European-focused Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety and the US-led Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety – were also signed following the tragedy. Both agreements are legally binding commitments to improve health and safety in the Bangladesh garment industry, the world’s second-largest garment exporter after China.
Today, the accord counts more than 200 signatory companies, oversees more than 1,600 factories, and covers more than 2 million workers. As of July...