ILRF calls on all companies sourcing apparel from Bangladesh to sign the Safety Accord and to ensure fair compensation for worker injury or death on the job.
On April 24, 2013, an eight-story building that housed five garment factories collapsed, in the deadliest disaster in the history of the global garment industry. At least 1,138 workers were killed and 2,500 others were injured in the Rana Plaza collapse. Many of the injured workers were trapped in the building for days. Some had their limbs amputated on-site to free them from the rubble. In the aftermath of the building collapse, ILRF coordinated closely with Bangladeshi labor groups, the Clean Clothes Campaign, United Students Against Sweatshops, and many other organizations in calling on Rana Plaza buyers to pay full and fair compensation to the injured workers and families of the deceased. Our collective campaign efforts were successful in securing $30 million in compensation for the victims in June 2015.
We continue to urge all apparel brands and retailers that source from Bangladesh to sign onto the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, which now over 200 companies have joined, in order to make factories safer. We are also calling on the companies whose clothes were made at Tazreen Fashions, where at least 112 workers were killed in the November 2012 fire, and at Aswad Composite Mills, where 7 workers died in an October 2013 fire, to compensate the survivors and families of the victims.