Rana Plaza factory collapse

On April 24, 2013, the Rana Plaza garment factory in Bangladesh collapsed due to poor construction and maintenance. More than 1,100 people were killed, and 2,500 injured. The tragedy highlighted the need for stronger safety standards and human rights protections for garment workers.

Fashion Transparency Starts With Workers

Fashion is one of the largest industries in the world with many moving parts. It can be difficult to navigate, especially for those…

Transparency, Accountability and Better Working Conditions

One thing is clear: Just being transparent is not enough. The next step is figuring out how transparency can empower real changes that…

U.S. Court Dismisses Rana Plaza Lawsuit

A Delaware judge dismissed a lawsuit filed against three major U.S. retailers by the family of a garment worker who died in the…

Building Successful Coalitions for Greater Social Impact

Building coalitions for greater social impact requires that parties align their core goals, interests and priorities. It requires agreement on measurements of success,…

Rana Plaza Two Years Later: Fast Fashion, Fast Destruction

On April 24, 2013, the Rana Plaza factory building collapsed in the city of Dhaka, Bangladesh. That day at 8:57 a.m. local time,…

Social Media Campaign Calls for Fashion Supply Chain Transparency

In support of Fashion Revolution Day, people around the world are taking to social media today, snapping selfies, tagging brands and asking them…

Benetton Finally Agrees to Contribute to Rana Plaza Victims’ Fund

Benetton announced last week that it would contribute to a fund set up to compensate victims of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in…

Human Rights and Professional Wrongs

The effect of the Rana Plaza factory collapse one year ago was to push into the public domain the question of whether social…

Ethical Fashion: Can Beauty Be Benign?

In this four part series sustainability writer Tara Gould explores the position of the ethical fashion and skincare industry and asks whether, in…

Women, Garment Work and Safety: Clothes to Die For?

The poor working conditions in garment factories in Bangladesh affect mostly women, but apparel retailers and manufacturers can and should improve them. The…

A Look at Fair Trade in the Wake of Bangladesh

Fair Trade USA explores how the Rana Plaza tragedy might be a tipping point for the apparel industry, as more consumers seek ethical…

Multinationals Agree to Safety Accord for Bangladeshi Factories

In the wake of the Rana Plaza factory fire in Bangladesh last month that killed over 1,100 workers in the deadliest industrial accident…

After the Bangladesh Tragedy: Six Ethical, Eco and Fair Clothing Manufacturers

Here are a few suggestions of more eco, fair, ethical, and local companies from which to purchase clothing.