Campaigners have called for further action from retailers and brands to tackle issues in their supply chains, including repression of workers’ rights and lack of transparency, four years after the Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh.
On 24 April 2013 the collapse of the Rana Plaza building, which housed five garment factories producing for European and US brands, killed 1,134 people and injured thousands.
Clean Clothes Campaign is calling for The Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety – a legally binding five-year programme in which signatory brands work towards improving the safety of the factories they source from – to be both extended and strengthened to ensure that safety standards are maintained and continue to improve.
It has also joined forces with eight human rights organisations and global unions to launch “Follow the Thread”, a campaign that calls on brands to sign a pledge and commit to greater transparency.
The campaign, which launched on 20 April, asks supporters to sign a petition to Primark, Armani, Urban Outfitters, Forever 21 and Walmart, demanding that they commit to greater transparency in their supply chains by signing the pledge.
Clean Clothes Campaign is also asking the European Union to introduce regulation similar to that in the US, which requires brands and retailers to publicly disclose factory data.