Rana Plaza
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Together, we remember

remembering Rana Plaza together

making sure garment workers never again face a disaster like Rana Plaza

On 24 April 2013, the Rana Plaza building collapsed with thousands of people inside. At least 1,134 people died and thousands more were injured. This is the worst industrial disaster the garment industry has ever seen and it was entirely preventable. Workers were forced to enter a building they knew was unsafe under threat of losing their wages. We can never forget this terrible disaster and the people whose lives were ended and upended by it. Even if we can not commemorate outside on the streets this year, we want to show that they are on our minds. We remember Rana Plaza here, by sharing your messages in their memory. 

Poly Akhter's mother, Shahana (38), grieves for her. Her other daughter, Dalia, also worked in the factory complex but did not go to work on the day of the collapse. Savar, Dhaka, Bangladesh. 1st June 2013. Credit Taslima Akhter.
Missing worker Rina’s (18) mother still waits for her missing daughter in front of the barricade. Debris of collapse is on the other side of the barricade. Savar, Dhaka, Bangladesh. 24th July 2013. Credit Taslima Akhter.

We also want to make sure that a tragedy like Rana Plaza can never happen again. After the collapse, the realisation that this could and should have been prevented led to the creation of the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh. Over 200 brands signed a contract to  commit to improving workplace safety in Bangladesh. Under this contract brands can be sued in court by unions if they break their promise. This programme has made over 1600 factories safer for two million workers. It took long and hard campaigning from many stakeholders to ensure a new International Accord was signed that preserves the work in Bangladesh and allows for expansion to other countries. Now we need to ensure that all brands sign this agreement.

Tell Brands: Keep workers safe

Make your voice heard. Send a message to tell Brands to KEEP WORKERS SAFE. Put your own message in the form below or copy and paste this:
I urge you to sign the new International Accord to ensure the factories you source from in Bangladesh will be made safe, as well as to make the programme’s inspection, remediation, and complaint mechanism available to workers in other countries. Many of your competitors have signed on, it is time also you take responsibility for your workers’ lives.

Add your message here to tell brands to keep workers safe. Press submit and we will send this to Gap, VF Corporation (Timberland, The North face), Primark, and Auchan.

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Your Commemorative messages

Name/নামCountry/দেশMessage/আপনার বার্তা
Marian LordCanadaI am so very sorry and ashamed that the companies we purchase from are responsible for this disaster
Andrea Amberg-AvneryGermany/IsraelYou died for profits of ruthless slaveholders. May your ordeal at least help other workers to escape exploitation and hazard for body and soul while producing consumer goods for a pittance.
Heeral MehtaUnited StatesHi, I want to contribute high-quality content to your website in form of a guest post through a simple 3 step process. 1. I will send three amazing topic ideas that are up to the trend and your readers' interest 2. You need to choose one topic out of those. 3. I will then send a high-quality, plagiarism-free article on that topic. You will just have to publish it with one do-follow backlink to my website. It will be a win-win. Please let me know if we shall start with step 1? Best, Heeral Mehta
AnnieCanadaMuch love and blessings from God to my brothers and sisters of Bangladesh.
Laura AndersonUnited StatesHi, I want to contribute high-quality content to your website in form of a guest post through a simple 3 step process. 1. I will send three amazing topic ideas that are up to the trend and your readers' interest 2. You need to choose one topic out of those. 3. I will then send a high-quality, plagiarism-free article on that topic. You will just have to publish it with one do-follow backlink to my website. It will be a win-win. Please let me know if we shall start with step 1? Best, Laura Anderson
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Hilde SchoetersBelgiumI am prepared to pay more for my clothes if the brand ensures to agree with the safety agreement. I refuse to buy from other brands.
Simone ZimmermannGermanyI urge you to ensure that an individually enforceable safety agreement with independent oversight safeguards the work of the Bangladesh Accord. Only if all brands are held legally accountable to the same commitment to keep their factories safe, will safety hazards in the workplace continue to be solved successfully. Brands must ensure a new safety agreement is binding upon all equally. Such an agreement must ensure that in the future also workers in other countries can be covered by this programme.

What is the bangladesh accord?

The legally binding Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh (“Bangladesh Accord”) between apparel brands and global trade unions has done very important work since the Rana Plaza collapse of 24 April 2013 to make factories safer for workers. The binding agreement holding brands to their promises under this programme expires on 31st May 2021. If the Accord agreement is not renewed, the safety of over two million workers in 1,600 garment factories currently covered by the Accord, will be left in the hands of a voluntary Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative. Voluntary initiatives have in the past been unable to prevent mass casualties, and it is therefore completely irresponsible to fall back on trusting a non-enforceable initiative to prevent a next Rana Plaza collapse.

Brands must sign a new international binding agreement which should contain the possibility to expand the Accord model to other countries where garment workers are facing unsafe working conditions, similar to those in the pre-Rana Plaza situation in Bangladesh.

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Rana Plaza arrangement

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Bangladesh Accord

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