Bangladesh, in many ways, sits at the center of this ethical manufacturing fight, as it holds ground zero, The Rana Plaza factory which collapsed over 4 years ago. Since that day western brands have been in an agreement to resolve the unsafe working conditions over there. However with the 4,000 - 5,000 factories manufacturing in Bangladesh, most far behind the Accord and Alliance agreements which are set to expire next year (2018), what are we to do? Here’s why Bangladesh is such a big effing problem.
Western brands from both North America and Europe entered agreements with Bangladesh factories to improve working conditions back in 2013. Well 4 years later, we have 1 away from their set deadlines and we aren’t doing too hot. The Atlantic breaks this down a bit. Most researches on this project agree on the following points:
Business of Fashion reported at the end of June that two Switzerland based global trade unions, IndustriALL Global Union and UNI Global Union, have signed a renewal agreement for another 3 years to continue their work manufacturing in Bangladesh.
We really wish, with everything we have in us, that this was a hopeful article with a clear pathway to success, but it’s not. But we never want to shield you from the truth that we have a long road ahead but everyday more and more brands and joining the fight. The bottom line is we have our work cut out for us in more ways than one, but it’s the hardest to achieve goals that are often the most important. So let’s link arms, and push change forward together by intentionally choosing the standards we manufacture at and how we work together to build a new norm.
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