Three Years after Rana Plaza
On the morning of April 24th, 2013, thousands of men, women, and children were at work inside Rana Plaza, a large complex in a district northwest of Dhaka, Bangladesh. The building, which housed a number of garment factories, collapsed shortly before 9 a.m., burying workers under an eight-story avalanche of industrial wreckage. Emergency workers and volunteers – often times the family members of those trapped under the debris –pulled the dead and the injured from the rubble, one by one, for weeks.
When the search was called off, Bangladeshis took the measure of what had happened to them: Over 1,130 people were dead – and at least twice that number had been injured. It was the deadliest garment-factory accident in history. The deadliest accidental structural collapse in history. But even as the world expressed its shock at the severity of Bangladesh’s loss, it could not credibly express its surprise. The Rana Plaza collapse was just one in a series of high-profile accidents and bad practices within a “fast fashion” industry that sometimes risks human lives as it attempts to keep pace with global consumption.
Formed in the aftermath of the accident, Fashion Revolution campaigns to change the underlying conditions which can lead to Rana Plaza-style disasters. The group has galvanized worldwide support for asking companies to improve transparency in their supply chains, for asking countries to improve and enforce building and fire safety standards and, critically, for asking consumers to consider the conditions of the people who make their clothes.
As the third anniversary of the Rana Plaza collapse approaches, The Kindcraft spoke with Nawshin Khair, Fashion Revolution’s coordinator for Bangladesh, to get an update on what’s been done so far to improve conditions there — and to hear what work is still needed to ensure that a disaster of that scale never happens again.
Read the rest of the interview here: The Kindcraft