Safety issues

Bangladesh has focused on developing the garment industry, key for the country’s economy, in a sustainable way since deadly accidents such as the 2012 Tazreen factory fire and the 2013 Rana Plaza building collapse put the global spotlight on the unsafe working conditions of the country’s garment factories. The international outcry that followed both tragedies prompted a coordinated response from stakeholders such as the European Union, the US and the International Labour Organization, which started to work with the Bangladeshi government to improve labour rights, the structural integrity of factory buildings, and occupational safety and health. A group of mostly European apparel companies soon founded the Accord on Fire and Building Safety, while US firms established the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety. In just over a year, both entities investigated about 1,900 factories and forced 47 of them to partially or fully close down... —