Remembering Rana Plaza

Rescue operations at the Rana Plaza building.

April 24th 2022 marks the ninth anniversary of the collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Dhaka, Bangladesh. This building housed five garment factories. As a result of the collapse more than 1,130 people lost their lives and over 2,500 were injured. This event helped to highlighted issues of worker exploitation in the fashion industry. Workers were working in unsafe conditions, long hours and not earning a living wage.

Throughout the Coronavirus pandemic, fashion brands have made huge profits, while the majority of workers in their supply chains remain trapped in poverty. Currently, there is a lack of understanding and appreciation of the true cost of clothing. Price tags fail to reflect the social and environmental cost of production.

What is your favourite fashion brand? Are you aware of the human rights and sustainability policies and performance of this brand. You can answer these questions by referring the the Baptist World Aid Ethical Fashion Guide. By our consummer choices we can help end exploitation in the fashion industry and ensure the human rights of workers are protected.

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