ILRF calls on all companies sourcing apparel from Bangladesh to sign the Safety Accord and to ensure fair compensation for worker injury or death on the job.
On April 24, 2013, an eight-story building that housed five garment factories collapsed, in the deadliest disaster in the history of the global garment industry. At least 1,134 workers were killed and 2,500 others were injured in the Rana Plaza collapse. Many of the injured workers were trapped in the building for days. Some had their limbs amputated on-site to free them from the rubble. In the aftermath of the building collapse, ILRF coordinated closely with Bangladeshi labor groups, the Clean Clothes Campaign, United Students Against Sweatshops, and many other organizations in calling on brands and retailers whose clothing was made at the Rana Plaza factories to pay full and fair compensation to the injured workers and families of the deceased. Our collective campaign efforts were successful in securing $30 million in compensation for the victims in June 2015.
We continue to urge all apparel brands and retailers that source from Bangladesh to sign onto the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, which has been renewed for 2018-2021 with over 190 signatory companies, covering 1,600 factories employing a total of 2.5 million workers.