The 2013 collapse of the Rana Plaza factory complex drew global attention to factory safety and worker rights in Bangladesh’s apparel industry. Since then, factory buildings have become safer and manufacturers have begun to work with labor unions on factory safety monitoring. But Bangladeshi workers are still paid the lowest wages in the world.
This research brief from BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD) examines how the Rana Plaza catastrophe is remembered, as well as what has – and has not – changed in the industry. Looking ahead, it calls for reforms in the global governance of the apparel supply chain; social protection and decent wages; and worker voice.
The brief was collaboratively authored by Maheen Sultan, Iffat Jahan Antara, and Touhidul Islam of BIGD, with support from 21st Century ILGWU Heritage Fund. Kalpona Akter, Debra Efroymson, Ismail Ferdous, Judy Gearhart, and Naomi Hossain also contributed to the report.