This is a seminal report on workplace health and safety of Bangladesh’s garment workers. The findings make a major contribution to our understanding on the knowledge, awareness, and experience of garment workers on the prevalent workplace hazards and existing workplace practices, policies and programs, and how these have impacts on their health and safety. It highlights the different safety barriers that Bangladeshi garment workers face in their workplaces. Addressing most of these barriers is very much within our reach.
Message from the Alliance Independent Chair
Recent years have marked several tragic factory disasters in Bangladesh, such as the Tazreen fire
and the Rana Plaza collapse, which together took the lives of more than 1,200 people. No one
should have to risk their life in order to make a living—and in the face of such events, preventing
these tragedies is nothing short of a moral imperative.
That is why six months ago, leading North American apparel companies came together to form
the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety—a five year, legally binding, results-oriented initiative
dedicated to dramatically improving safety conditions for workers in Bangladesh. Today, the Alliance
is pleased to share the progress achieved against our commitments in our first six months.
There are approximately 700 factories in Bangladesh from which our Member companies source,
employing approximately 1.28 million workers. It is our goal to ensure that safe workplaces
in Bangladesh become the rule, not the exception, for all women and men employed in the
Bangladesh ready-made garment industry. We also recognize that improving safety needs to be
a collaborative effort, and we will continue to work with others who share in the responsibility for
garment factory safety.
The challenges are complex and much work lies ahead, but we are dedicated to achieving results
that will set a new standard for worker safety. Together, we can realize a safer workplace for all
Bangladesh garment industry workers.
We look forward to sharing our future developments and learnings from this ongoing effort.
|The Honorable Ellen Tauscher
Chairman, Alliance Board
For immediate release: December 9, 2013
Bangladesh team well-positioned to deliver on commitments to improve safety conditions in Bangladesh garment factories.
DHAKA—The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety officially launched its local operation in Dhaka today, ensuring an on-the-ground presence to facilitate its effort to bring improved fire and structural safety to Bangladesh garment factories. The Alliance—an historic coalition of global apparel companies and their partners—will unify efforts to dramatically improve garment factory safety conditions in Bangladesh following a string of deadly factory fires and collapses.