On 29 April 2015, the European Parliament adopted a legally non-binding resolution to commemorate the second anniversary of the collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh and to scrutinise progress of the Global Sustainability Compact. This agreement was signed in July 2013 between the European Commission, the Bangladeshi government and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) to improve labour, health and safety conditions for workers.
Prior to the adoption of the resolution, the Foreign Trade Association (FTA), as the representative of over 1,500 retailers, importers and brand companies, has been in contact with relevant Parliament members to make them aware of the strong involvement of the retail and import sector in Bangladesh. FTA is actively engaged through its Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) in supporting joint efforts to continuously improve labour conditions in the garment sector in the country and consequently the Bangladeshi economy.
The adopted resolution underscores that tangible progress has been achieved since the tragic incident in 2013 but that additional efforts are required to ensure better labour conditions and improved safety in factories. In this sense, FTA has continuously emphasised that significant and long-lasting improvements are only possible if coordinated efforts are taken at all levels of the supply chain and from all stakeholders.
Moreover, the Parliament has welcomed the European Commission's flagship initiative on responsible management of the clothing supply chain. FTA and its members have actively participated in the preliminary meetings and will continue to contribute to the shaping of the multi-stakeholder forum that will be created to discuss the future orientation of the European policy on this topic.