Today is World Fair Trade Day — a day to re-affirm the rights of workers and farmers around the world.
The collapse at the Rana Plaza garment factory in Bangladesh, where more than 1,000 workers lost their lives, reminds us there is still much work to be done to make global trade fair.
In honor of World Fair Trade Day and the 3.5 million workers in Bangladesh’s more than 4,000 garment factories, we’re calling on all clothing companies to work to make this tragedy the last of its kind.
We’re asking clothing manufacturers doing business in Bangladesh to sign on to the Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Agreement, a legally binding agreement that will require the largest clothing brands to make immediate safety improvements to their supplier factories.
The deadline to sign up is May 15. Four days away!
So far, almost all major clothing brands have refused to sign on to this agreement. Walmart, JC Penney, Benetton, The Children’s Place, Dress Barn, and Cato Fashion were just a few of the brands connected to manufacturing at Rana (by taking our action, your message will go directly to decision-makers at these companies).
However, any brand manufacturing in Bangladesh has the responsibility to ensure that workers who sew their products have a safe place to go to work. The tragedy at Rana is only the most recent of a series of preventable disasters, including the Tazreen factory fire last fall that killed 112 people.
Your voice can make the difference. The leaders of these companies need to hear from you that you value the lives and livelihoods of workers overseas, and that you demand they respond to this latest tragedy with meaningful change — no more business as usual.
Together, we can work to make this the last garment-factory disaster of its kind.