After Another Factory Fire in Bangladesh, Urgent Need for New Solutions to Address Factory Safety

“The fire at Matrix Sweater is a stark reminder that factory safety issues haven’t been solved in Bangladesh, even in those factories that directly supply foreign fashion brands. This fire is also a reminder that paying to fix factories is as important as inspecting them. It is not enough to identify deficiencies. Factory owners and brands are locked in a stalemate over the costs of remediation that should be urgently resolved."

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As Another Factory Collapses Killing, Trapping Workers, Root Causes of Bangladesh’s Human Rights Crisis Remain Unsolved

“Today's collapse of a cement factory is an indication of the almost total absence of government oversight within the manufacturing sector. As in the garment sector, more transparency and oversight are needed to make workers safe and prevent this kind of tragedy."

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Report: Indirect Sourcing in Bangladesh Root Cause of Factory Safety Problems: NYU Center for Business and Human Rights research focuses on business relationships

Indirect sourcing, the opaque practice of subcontracting, is a root cause of safety risks and poor working conditions in Bangladesh. Released one year after the collapse of Rana Plaza became most deadly industrial accident in modern manufacturing, a new report by the Center examines a range of measures undertaken in the last year, none of which have yet addressed the fundamental problems facing the garment industry.

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Written Submission to the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations: Hearing on Prospects for Democratic Reconciliation and Workers' Rights in Bangladesh

The Center submitted analysis of the state of the garment industry in Bangladesh to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The submission includes a comparison of the Accord and the Alliance, two factory safety initiatives, which is available in the downloadable PDF.

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