The progress achieved in fortifying worker safety in the last five years, after Rana Plaza building collapse, has been unprecedented and serves as a model for other countries to follow, said an Alliance official press release.
Five years ago, today, the collapse of the Rana Plaza building claimed the lives of 1,134 men and women, left thousands more injured and changed the Bangladesh garment industry forever. In the aftermath of the disaster, stakeholders from across the industry came together to bring a change in factory safety in Bangladesh. Marking this solemn day, Alliance remembered the men and women who perished at Rana Plaza, and it reaffirmed their commitment to continuing an uncompromising focus on safety.
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The release said, “Today, millions of men and women who make a living in Bangladesh’s garment industry work in factories that meet international safety standards. They have been trained to protect themselves in case of an emergency. And they have tools to bring immediate attention to safety concerns, including a confidential, 24-hour helpline.”
“The Alliance is proud to have played a role in driving these achievements,” it added.
The release claimed that with Alliance factory remediation nearing completion, their factories have reached the starting line for safety, not the finish line. Brands, factory owners, and the Bangladesh government now have a shared responsibility to sustain these gains.
The release also pointed out that is why the Alliance will join with credible, local partners in the weeks ahead to form a joint entity that will continue to oversee inspections, monitoring, worker training and helpline services over the long term.