A year ago, the garment industry experienced one of the most tragic incidents in the history of the sector. The collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Dhaka (Bangladesh) took the lives of more than 1,100 workers, stressing the need for a high-level partnership to adopt the required measures ensuring the safety of factory workers. On the first anniversary of this tragedy, our thoughts are with the victims and their families, and our commitment remains firm to achieve genuine improvements in Bangladesh.
This date emphasises the shared responsibility all stakeholders bear towards the country, its citizens and the victims of this incident. But this anniversary should also be an opportunity to take stock of all efforts invested so far and build on them by taking global and coordinated action that brings a real and positive impact.
During the last year, governments, companies, trade unions, NGOs and several initiatives have engaged in improving safety building and construction integrity in the country. BSCI supports the implementation of the Bangladesh Tripartite National Action Plan, the Accord on Fire and Safety Building in Bangladesh and the Rana Plaza Donors' Trust Fund, and several BSCI participants have joined these efforts as complementary measures to those taken by BSCI (overview of BSCI's actions).
The time has come to increase momentum and join forces under our unanimous commitment to bring sustainable and lasting changes to Bangladesh. These require time and a collective impetus to strengthen our actions and help overcome the many challenges ahead. For this reason, BSCI encourages all stakeholders to remain engaged and work in close cooperation for improving working conditions and safe workplaces.
To read the complete press release on the Rana Plaza anniversary, please click here.