This is hard to believe. Tens of thousands of workers are still sewing garments in unsafe factories in Bangladesh.
In 2013, the Rana Plaza garment factory in Bangladesh collapsed, killing more than 1,100 people. It was one of the worst industrial tragedies in history -- and it was preventable.
If the big, global companies using cheap labor in Bangladesh to make their clothes paid a few pennies more per garment and insisted on proper safety inspections and repairs for factories, then tragedies like Rana Plaza could be avoided.
And that’s exactly what H&M promised to do back in 2013, when it became the first company to sign a groundbreaking safety accord. But three years on, 78,842 Bangladeshi garment workers are still producing H&M clothes in dangerous factories.
Tell H&M to honour its commitments to protect Bangladesh’s garment workers.
In the aftermath of Rana Plaza, after massive public outcry from SumOfUs members and others around the world, dozens of companies came together to sign an Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh. It was a huge victory for people power. We got major corporations to sign a legally binding five-year commitment to improve workers’ conditions and safety in Bangladesh.
And the Accord has been making progress. Some 60% of the issues identified through inspections have been corrected, according to its spokesman. But H&M is drastically behind schedule in fixing the safety hazards its workers have to face every day. And that’s putting thousands of people’s lives at risk.
So it’s down to us to step in.
The SumOfUs community came together in a huge way in 2013. Hundreds of thousands of us joined a global call to demand companies pay a few pennies more per garment to make sure their workers weren’t dying. We called customer service and talked to local store managers, and thousands of us posted impassioned messages on the Facebook walls of companies that refused to put their workers’ lives before their obscene profits. As a result, dozens of companies responded and signed the Accord.
Now we need to make sure those companies comply with the Accord. Together, we can make H&M take action.
H&M: Honour your commitments to protect garment workers in Bangladesh.