Human Rights Watch – Clothing Companies in Bangladesh Not Complying with Safety Plan

After the 2013 garment factory collapse that killed dozens and injured over 1,000 workers in Dhaka, the Bangladesh government and several U.N. agencies joined with global clothing companies in adopting a plan which would improve workplace safety across Bangladesh’s vast garment industry, the second largest in the world. Unfortunately, per New York-based group Human Rights Watch, many of these companies are not complying with the minimum disclosure guidelines outlined in the safety plan. Of the 72 companies Human Rights Watch recently contacted, only 29 agreed to release supply chain information, suggesting that the majority of companies may continue to source their products from unsafe or exploitative manufacturers. However, the government has recently hired 350 more new factory inspectors, so more companies are expected to begin complying with the plan in the near future. Read more here.

The factory collapse in dhaka that triggered the creation of a national safety plan.  courtesy: new york times

The factory collapse in dhaka that triggered the creation of a national safety plan.  courtesy: new york times