Rana Plaza 3 Years On: Compensation, Justice, Workers' Safety

Publication Date: 

April 23, 2016

Following the collapse of the Rana Plaza building on 24th April 2013 a significant number of campaigns were undertaken to ensure the survivors and the families of the workers killed receive just and fair compensation, and to ensure that future building safety accidents would be prevented. These campaigns contributed to several initiatives including the Rana Plaza Arrangement (set up to provide compensation) and the Bangladesh Fire and Building safety Accord (set up to improve building safety). They also resulted in promises to improve the legal climate regarding Freedom of Association.

Comments to the National Ocean Council Committee on IUU Fishing and Seafood Fraud regarding the proposed rule on a seafood import monitoring program

Publication Date: 

April 12, 2016

To the Members of the National Ocean Council Committee on IUU Fishing and Seafood Fraud (NOC Committee):

Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the proposed rule on establishing filing and recordkeeping procedures relating to importation of certain fish and fish products. As a coalition of non-profit organizations and advocacy groups dedicated to the eradication of all forms of modern-day slavery and worker exploitation, including human trafficking, in the seafood industry we have a strong interest in the establishment of more robust, effective traceability mechanisms.

Building a Rights Culture: How Workers can Lead Change in Thai Seafood

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March 7, 2016
Egregious labor rights abuses, including forced labor and human trafficking, have been documented across Thailand’s seafood sector in dozens of reports over more than a decade. Recently, unprecedented international attention on Thailand’s seafood industry, particularly the plight of migrant workers who make up the majority of the workforce, has prompted a flurry of action from governments, exporters and Western brands that sell Thai seafood.

Ongoing Safety Delays at H&M Suppliers in Bangladesh

Publication Date: 

January 28, 2016

An updated analysis of current safety action plans for H&M’s strategic suppliers in Bangladesh reveals that, four months after the last report, H&M is still far behind in meeting its commitments. All but one of these factories remain behind schedule, relative to deadlines mandated by the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh (the Accord), nearly one thousand required renovations have still not been completed, and H&M has made insufficient progress in correcting the most life-threatening safety violations such as the installation of adequate fire exits.

Analysis: H&M’s Response to Report on Safety at Bangladesh Supplier Factories

Publication Date: 

October 13, 2015

H&M’s response to our recent report on its worker safety failures in Bangladesh is replete with false and misleading statements, demonstrating that the company remains unwilling to address the issue in a serious and forthright manner. We assess herein various claims made by H&M, concerning our report and concerning the delays in safety renovations at its supplier factories in Bangladesh, relative to the deadlines imposed by the Accord on Fire and Building Safety.[1]