Three Years After Rana Plaza, H&M Factories Still Not Safe

Publication Date: 

May 2, 2016


Clean Clothes Campaign, International Labor Rights Forum, Maquila Solidarity Network, and Worker Rights Consortium

An analysis of the latest safety action plans for H&M’s strategic suppliers in Bangladesh reveals that three years after the Rana Plaza building collapse, which killed 1,134 workers producing apparel for global brands and retailers, the majority of H&M’s factories are still not safe. There are some signs of progress: almost all of H&M’s suppliers now have some fire doors installed and H&M has increased the level of detail it provides in its public reporting. However, H&M is still not indicating acceptance of real responsibility, continues to provide its customers with misleading information and, according to the company’s own data, 61% of the company’s supplier factories still do not have all required fire doors installed – this means that hundreds of thousands of workers in these factories are at risk of injury or death should a major fire occur.