A Deeper Look: Lessons from Rana Plaza
In the weeks since the building collapse that killed more than 1,000 apparel workers in Bangladesh, BSR has expressed our view that this tragedy arose from a systemic failure.
Lasting solutions to prevent further calamities—and ensure fair treatment of workers—require that business, government, civil society, and consumers take action on many different fronts.
To help explain why this happened and offer our view of existing solutions, we have launched a series of articles, “Lessons from Rana Plaza,” by several BSR experts from around the world, with a range of backgrounds and perspectives.
- Supply Chain Management Practice
- Human Rights Working Group
- Center for Sustainable Procurement
BSR In the Media
- The New Yorker "Are Clothing Companies Moving Fast Enough to Fix Factory Problems?"
- The Economist, "Avoiding the Fire Next Time"
- Time, "Bangladesh Factory Collapse Will Force Companies to Rethink Outsourced Manufacturing"
- Pacific Standard, "Should We Retire the Word ‘Sweatshop’?"
- The Current, "Solutions to Doing Business in Bangladesh"
- Harvard Business Review, "The Other Women's Movement: Factory Workers in the Developing World"
- San Francisco Chronicle, “U.S. firms’ Dilemma on Foreign Factory Safety”
- Global: The International Briefing, "Lessons of Dhaka: the United Action Plan that Could Prevent Sweatshop Disasters"
One Year Later
A year after the deadliest garment industry accident in modern history, HERproject Director Racheal Meiers writes that to prevent future tragedies, business and partners need to tackle root causes beyond the factory walls.
In an interview by Business in Society's John Paluszek, BSR's Advisory Services Managing Director Laura Gitman and Manager Chhavi Ghuliani discuss how business has responded in the aftermath of the Rana Plaza factory collapse and highlight BSR's work in Bangladesh and throughout the garment sector.
BSR President and CEO Aron Cramer writes about the systemic nature of this challenge in Bangladesh, which dates back more than 20 years.
Investments in Women’s Empowerment
HERproject Director Racheal Meiers discusses how investments in women’s empowerment initiatives can help improve the lives of the very workers who were brought into the spotlight with the Bangladesh tragedy.
A Stronger Approach to Sustainable Procurement
Advisory Services Director Tara Norton offers her thoughts on the need for a stronger approach to sustainable procurement.
Changing Consumer Demands
Advisory Services Associate Director Elisa Niemtzow examines consumer attitudes about “sustainable fashion” versus the desire for “fast fashion.”
Responsible Buying in New Markets
Asia-Pacific Vice President Jeremy Prepscius, Associate Director Chris Nolan, and Associate Rosa Kusbiantoro will explore how business can approach responsible buying in the newly open market of Myanmar, given the experiences of Cambodia, China, Vietnam, and Bangladesh.
Learning from the Past
Advisory Services Manager Jason Ho will look at the changes related to worker protection and rights in Chinese factories, and how that could (or could not) be a model for changes needed in Bangladesh.
Human Rights Fundamentals
In his forthcoming blog, Human Rights Director Faris Natour will discuss how Rana Plaza was born from a failure to protect fundamental human rights of workers.