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.
For millions of people, the Bangladesh garment industry is the path to a better life. Not only a path to earning a living, but also providing their families and their country unprecedented economic opportunities. The spirit and resilience of the women and men working in ready-made garment (RMG) factories has spurred unprecedented growth in the sector and Bangladesh’s economy. This growth has laid the groundwork for Bangladesh to reach new levels of development that would not have otherwise been possible.
The changes in Bangladesh—brought about by tragedy—have transformed the global RMG industry. Now there are common goals when it comes to safety standards, worker safety and worker rights. The RMG industry will be forever changed by the developments in Bangladesh and the unprecedented public-private partnerships focused on the worker.
In July 2013, the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety (Alliance) was formed to ensure that no garment worker would have to choose between safe working conditions and a paycheck. I am extremely proud of the efforts undertaken by the Alliance and member companies to improve the safety of RMG factories, ensuring every garment factory is inspected, every employee is trained and empowered, and remediation is undertaken by every factory owner.
Although there is much more work to be done, I want to take this opportunity to highlight the Alliance’s major achievements since 2013 and our priorities for this year...
For Immediate Release: March 2, 2015
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Dhaka, Bangladesh—The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety today announced the appointment of fire safety expert Mark Chubb to serve as chief safety officer. In this role, he will oversee fire safety operations and training in Bangladesh and guide remediation efforts in all factories from which Alliance Members source.
“Mark will ensure that the Alliance continues to bring world-class expertise to factory remediation and fire safety programs for Bangladesh garment workers,” said Alliance Independent Chair Ellen Tauscher. “His role as an advisor will be critical to factories from which the Alliance sources, as they ensure compliance with our strict standards.”
10,000 participants and 50 exhibitors participated in the largest safety expo in nation’s history
Dhaka, Bangladesh - The second International Trade Expo for Building and Fire Safety - the largest gathering of fire and safety equipment vendors, factory representatives and other stakeholders in Bangladesh's history—kicked off December 7 in Dhaka. The event brought garment industry leaders together with leading international safety equipment vendors and experts to help increase access to the latest safety expertise, tools and technologies in Bangladesh.
Statement on the Second Anniversary of the Fire at Tazreen Fashions Ltd.
Two years ago today, the fire at the Tazreen Fashions Ltd. garment factory took the lives of 112 garment workers and injured more than 200 more. It was one of the deadliest tragedies in the history of the Bangladesh garment industry and one that served as an important wake-up call about the need for urgent reforms. Today we remember the victims and extend our deepest respects to their families.
NEW FIRE SAFETY TRAINING LAUNCHED FOR GARMENT FACTORY SECURITY GUARDS
Tazreen Factory Fire Underscored Key Role of Guards in Ensuring Safe Evacuations
Dhaka, Bangladesh — The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety (Alliance) today announced an important new initiative to protect the lives of garment workers by providing fire safety training to factory security guards. The course, aligned with guidelines produced by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), will prepare guards to react effectively during fire emergencies.
ALLIANCE FOR BANGLADESH WORKER SAFETY ENGAGES UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS
TO CONDUCT INDEPENDENT IMPACT ASSESSMENT OF SAFETY TRAININGS
The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety announced today that it has contracted with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston to conduct an independent assessment of the Alliance basic fire safety training for garment factory workers in Bangladesh. The project team will be led by Dr. Hasanat Alamgir, a University of Texas (UT) School of Public Health associate professor of occupational health at the Program in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences. The team will conduct a research study to yield valid and reliable results, collect data through randomized surveys and focus groups from workers, and ultimately deliver a detailed report on the effectiveness of the Alliance worker training. This report will help identify areas of improvement as the Alliance training programs continue and expand the in the coming years.
BIPARTISAN POLICY CENTER (BPC) ISSUES JOINT LETTER COMMENDING ALLIANCE FOR BANGLADESH WORKER SAFETY ON ‘IMPRESSIVE’ RECORD
Alliance praised for efforts to protect, train and compensate workers; recommendations made for continued progress
Washington, D.C. (October 6, 2014) -- The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety (Alliance) has made great progress toward protecting workers and improving garment factory safety, say former Senators George Mitchell (D-ME), Co-founder of the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC), and Olympia Snowe (R-ME), BPC Senior Fellow, in a letter issued by the BPC to Alliance Independent Chair Ellen Tauscher.
- Findings of Independent Review of Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety Indicate Major Progress
- Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety and NFPA Sign Memorandum of Understanding to Strengthen Safety in Bangladesh Garment Factories
- The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety Annual Report
- Fighting Fire Through Training video
- One-Year Anniversary of Rana Plaza: Real Progress Underway, Work Remains to be Done
- Assessment Protocols For Initial Fire Safety and Structural Integrity For Existing Factories
- Workers’ Rights Remain at the Heart of Alliance’s Efforts
- Noted government, labor and international development leaders join Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety Board of Advisors
- Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety Opens its Doors in Dhaka