The Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh in April 2013 made global news. With more than 1000 dead it was the most serious accident in the garment industry ever. The accident also raised major concerns about the working conditions in Bangladesh’s garment industry and questions about western companies’ lack of control and supervision of their supply chains.
Beyond the news of April 2013 and the one-year anniversary, it is time to have a close look at what has happened since. Has this tragic wake-up call at least led to significant improvements in the situation of workers in Bangladesh? Have families of victims been compensated? Do Western companies that have produced in Bangladesh now have a firmer grip on what is happening in their supply chain? Are consumers aware of the incident and its aftermath?
This project was not designed to point fingers at people or specific companies. It was an investigative project designed to take stock of what happened since the collapse and bring together constructive suggestions for how the situation can be further improved.
This project was jointly run by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Dhaka Office and Social Europe.