On this day in 2012, 112 workers lost their lives in the Tazreen Fashions Ltd. garment factory fire, and many others were injured in this tragedy. Today, we pay our deepest respects to the victims and their families.
In the three years since the Tazreen Fashions Ltd. fire, the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety has worked in partnership with the Government of Bangladesh, factory owners and workers, and other stakeholders to expand safety measures in factories. As part of this joint effort, the Alliance has worked to secure affordable, long-term financing for factory owners to initiate critical structural, electrical, and fire safety repairs while providing safety training programs for workers, security guards, and factory managers. We have also established a helpline that factory workers can use to share safety concerns anonymously.
Our work has made the ready-made garment sector in Bangladesh safer for the millions of workers that it employs. On this important day, the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety remains committed to the mission of creating sustainable transformation in this important industry.
Protecting and Empowering Bangladesh’s Garment Workers
Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety Second Annual Report
Over the last two years, the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety has accomplished a great deal under difficult circumstances. Although challenging, the Alliance’s mission of creating a safer and more respectful environment for garment factory workers inspires all of us because we know how important our work is for factory workers, the garment industry and, ultimately, the people of Bangladesh.
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For Immediate Release: July 22, 2015
Contact: Guillermo Meneses +1 (202) 445-1570 / firstname.lastname@example.org
New York, NY - At its second annual Members’ Meeting, the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety (Alliance) today elected Tapan Chowdhury, founder of Square Textiles Limited and former president of the Dhaka Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Simone Sultana, chair of BRAC UK, to serve on its board of directors.
For Immediate Release: Contact: Guillermo Meneses
July 7, 2015 +1 (202) 445-1570 / email@example.com
$50 million to be provided to Bangladesh banks to increase lending to factory owners
Washington, D.C.—The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety (Alliance) has brokered a first-of-its-kind agreement with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to help suppliers finance factory repairs. Through the resulting credit facility, the IFC will provide USD $10 million each to five Bangladeshi banks—USD $50 million total—for affordable loans to factory owners making necessary safety repairs.
Last year, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina announced that her vision for the Bangladesh ready-made garment (RMG) sector was to reach $50bn in exports by 2021. It is an important and ambitious goal for a nation that has worked hard to develop a brighter economic future. With the RMG sector accounting for 81 per cent of Bangladesh’s overall exports, reaching such a milestone could help the nation substantially reduce poverty and strengthen economic outcomes for millions of people.
May 13, 2015—On April 25, 2015, an M7.9 Himalayan earthquake centered roughly 80 km northwest of Kathmandu, Nepal was felt throughout parts of South Asia. Alliance staff felt the tremors in Dhaka, located approximately 700 km from the epicenter, and took immediate steps to assess any potential structural damage to garment factories that may have resulted from the aftershocks.
The Alliance expresses our sincere condolences to the victims of today’s earthquake in Nepal that has also resulted in the loss of life, injuries and structural damage in neighboring countries, including Bangladesh...
Today a magnitude 7.8 earthquake hit Kathmandu, Nepal, resulting in the deaths of more than 1,000 people. The aftershocks of this massive earthquake were felt across Nepal, Bangladesh, India and other parts of South Asia. I want to offer my heartfelt condolences to the people of Nepal and the families of the victims.
April 24, 2015 marks the second anniversary of the collapse of Rana Plaza, in which 1,134 garment workers lost their lives to an unspeakable tragedy. We pause today to remember the victims and their families—and to recommit ourselves to ensuring that no garment worker in Bangladesh has to risk his or her life to make a living.
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