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Bangladesh Factory Collapse

Remembering Rana Plaza, Advancing Women Workers' Rights in Global Supply Chains

Judy Gearhart | Posted 04.27.2016 | Women
Judy Gearhart

We need clear protections with the force of law, protections against reprisals for those who raise concerns, and support for community-based organizations that stand with and are led by women workers.

3 Things to Know for Fair Trade Month

Fair Trade USA | Posted 10.22.2016 | Impact
Fair Trade USA

Fair Trade Month is a time to spread the word about who and where our products come from. This means putting the spotlight on challenges like child labor in cocoa and slavery in seafood, and also celebrating the farms, factories, brands and retailers that are doing things differently.

H&M Needs To Deliver On Its Worker Safety Commitments

Judy Gearhart | Posted 10.06.2016 | Impact
Judy Gearhart

H&M has fallen behind schedule on securing life-saving safety upgrades in their Bangladeshi supplier factories. Such delays are risky for a company that saw 21 workers killed in a fire at their supplier, Garib & Garib, in 2010. H&M is the largest buyer in Bangladesh, and with great power comes great responsibility.

Why Consumers Matter in Realizing Workers' Rights

Greg Asbed | Posted 09.04.2016 | Impact
Greg Asbed

In March of 2002, Irvine California saw its first public protest. Ever. Long before you could see anything at Taco Bell headquarters, you could hear something coming. People going about their daily routine stopped and inclined to listen.

How Mobile Phones May Prevent the Next Rana Plaza Disaster

Kelsey Timmerman | Posted 06.24.2015 | Impact
Kelsey Timmerman

One moment Reshma Begum was sewing. The next she was falling from her station on the second floor into the basement of the Rana Plaza garment factory in Savar, Bangladesh.

Workplace Injury Insurance Must Be Part of the Rana Plaza Legacy

Gilbert Fossoun Houngbo | Posted 01.11.2015 | World
Gilbert Fossoun Houngbo

Prevention is key but it is just as important to be prepared in case of future accidents. This can be done through an employment injury insurance (EII) scheme that spreads the risks across all employers at the national level.

Cornell University Just Took A Big Stand For Worker Safety

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 10.21.2014 | College

Cornell University cut ties with backpack staple JanSport late last week over its parent company's refusal to sign an agreement to improve working con...

In Bangladesh, the Steady Pursuit of Justice and Freedom

Kerry Kennedy | Posted 09.02.2014 | Impact
Kerry Kennedy

Last week, at the invitation of my friend Muhammad Yunus, I traveled to Bangladesh, a truly humbling and inspiring experience. I met so many incredible people struggling to improve their country and their lives.

From Shirtwaist to Bangladesh, What's Next?

John Washington | Posted 06.29.2014 | Business
John Washington

While we decry the atrocious conditions in Bangladeshi garment factors, and guiltily ignore underage labor and worker suicides in Chinese electronics factories, we shouldn't forget to be appalled by the workplace conditions in our own backyard.

Revisiting Rana Plaza

Julie Flynn Badal | Posted 06.28.2014 | Impact
Julie Flynn Badal

Tears in the Fabric is a film that is not afraid to look grief squarely in the eye. And that is no small feat in a culture that can so easily go numb to the grim realities behind our consumption.

Fighting Slave Labor in Brazil

Caio Magri | Posted 06.24.2014 | Impact
Caio Magri

Slave labor is the most serious form of exploitation, and it is not only a threat against the fundamental principles and rights at work, but also confronts the most basic human rights.

12 Months Since Rana Plaza: Why Business Needs a Plan B

The B Team | Posted 06.24.2014 | Impact
The B Team

We recognize that these incidents violate basic human rights, they are avoidable and they must stop.

Kim Bhasin

A Year After Deadly Collapse, Bangladesh's Garment Industry Remains Broken

HuffingtonPost.com | Kim Bhasin | Posted 04.24.2014 | Business

NEW YORK -- A year after a building collapse killed more than 1,100 people at a factory in Bangladesh, the country's garment workers remain exposed to...

Bangladesh's Miracle Survivor Has A New Job

Agence France Presse | | Posted 06.24.2014 | Business

She was the miracle seamstress, plucked from the rubble of the world's worst garment factory disaster 17 days after her factory collapsed. One year on...

Since Bangladesh Factory Collapse, What Has Changed?

Keith Mestrich | Posted 06.23.2014 | Impact
Keith Mestrich

The factory collapse was a horrific reminder of how important it is to support companies that make treating workers fairly a priority. That means taking more responsibility as consumers.

Bangladesh's Factory Collapse: A One-Year Retrospective

Benjamin Powell | Posted 06.23.2014 | Politics
Benjamin Powell

In response to the Bangladeshi factory collapse, many people called for increased safety standards in Bangladeshi garment factories. Although well-intended, these calls for increased regulation, if enacted and enforced, would have reduced the welfare of many of the nearly 4 million workers.

Let's Recognize Bangladesh's Women Garment Workers Positively: As Contributors

Marcia Greenberg | Posted 06.23.2014 | Impact
Marcia Greenberg

For those committed to empowering girls and women, and to achieving gender equality, we must re-double our efforts to right the balance of perceptions: ensuring that images of girls and women reflect their strengths and contributions.

CEO Warns Of Rising Wages

Reuters | Posted 04.15.2014 | Business

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) , the world's second-biggest fashion retailer, supports higher wages for textile workers in Bangladesh, i...

Factory Collapse Victims In 'Desperate Need' Are Seeking Funds From Western Companies

Reuters | Posted 06.10.2014 | Impact

* Campaigners target $40 million for injured, families of dead * Only one-third of that amount raised to date, they say ...

Dave Jamieson

Rana Plaza Survivor Compensated With Paltry $519 So Far

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.19.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON -- When Reba Sikder reported to work on April 24 last year, she found a group of her colleagues milling about and chatting anxiously outsid...

Private Regulation: Risk or Opportunity for Global Business?

Harlan Loeb | Posted 05.17.2014 | Business
Harlan Loeb

As trust in government rapidly declines, expectations of global business to address and, in many cases, solve social problems are sharply escalating.

Dave Jamieson

How Gap's Minimum Wage Move Is Already Paying Off

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 02.21.2014 | Business

Gap Inc. CEO Glenn Murphy shook up the retail world this week by announcing that the retailer would voluntarily raise its corporate-wide minimum wage ...

Dave Jamieson

How Clothes Sold By The U.S. Military Have 'Blood All Over Their Labels'

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 02.14.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After American clothing brands scuttled a similar effort last year, Democrats and labor groups are trying to pressure the military into ...

Five Ways to Improve Working Conditions in the Global South

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 03.27.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

They are determined to open up a dialogue with city officials and to negotiate a set of basic rights that will formalize their line of work.

Despite Violence, Cambodian Workers Vow To Continue Their Fight

Michelle Chen | Posted 03.19.2014 | World
Michelle Chen

Though Cambodia's days of colonialization, war and genocide may be over, the country is still wrestling with political turmoil. At the start of the ne...