BSR on Bangladesh: Lessons from Rana Plaza

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BSR on Bangladesh: 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. To help explain why this happened and offer insights on existing solutions, we have launched a series of articles by BSR experts from around the world, with a range of backgrounds and perspectives. The series is also available at

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Content from this campaign

Labor Protection: What Can Bangladesh Learn from China?
To most Chinese, what is happening in Bangladesh factories resembles what China has been struggling with during its period of industrialization over the past three decades. China has made great progress in protecting labor rights by strengthening public policy; integrating worker-protection systems into factories; increasing collaboration among...
Jun 14, 2013 9:00 AM ET
From Bangladesh to Myanmar: Level-Set Responsible Sourcing
As companies consider entering Myanmar, many familiar issues are coming to the surface, such as child labor, hours and wages, land acquisition, environmental discharges, health, and living conditions. How can buyers, in collaboration with international and local stakeholders, support the development of a sustainable manufacturing sector in the country? And...
Jun 12, 2013 9:00 AM ET
Are Consumers Done with Fast Fashion?
Both data and recent citizen activism suggest that consumers may finally recognize their role in sustainable fashion—and may be willing to pay the price for it. In the wake of the recent tragedy in Bangladesh, approximately 1.1 million people signed on to a campaign run by the advocacy group Avaaz...
Jun 10, 2013 11:00 AM ET
Putting More Muscle, Brains, and Heart into Sustainable Procurement
To make sustainable procurement more effective, we need to apply more power in three areas: codes and policies, data and information, and leadership values. BSR Director Tara Norton discusses how we must use more "muscle, brains, and heart" to source sustainably--and to prevent tragedies like the factory collapse in Bangladesh from happening again. ...
Jun 6, 2013 11:00 AM ET
Lessons from Rana Plaza: Shocked, But Not Surprised
When now-President and CEO Aron Cramer arrived at BSR in 1995, the situation faced by workers in Bangladesh’s apparel industry was much the same as it is today. It’s time for systemic change. In this blog, Cramer highlights major changes that the apparel industry and Bangladeshi government--among others--must make to ensure that tragedy does not happen again. For more, visit...
Jun 4, 2013 8:00 AM ET