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Two-year anniversary of the Rana Plaza tragedy

The tragedy made headlines all over the world and brought new attention to Bangladesh’s economically essential garment industry. Our thoughts are with the Rana Plaza victims and their families that have to live with the reminders of their loss and feel the impact of this terrible tragedy every day.

Since the Rana Plaza tragedy, a number of initiatives have been taken to improve the safety and working conditions in the garment sector. These include, among others, legislative changes, a rise of the minimum wage, and the establishment of new trade unions.

Denmark has contributed to this cooperation in several ways. Several Danish companies have joined the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh and the Danish Government has supported the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) program “Better Work” in the ready-made garment sector in Bangladesh.
In May 2013 the Danish Government entered into a partnership with the Danish Fashion and Textile institute to support a better and more sustainable textile production in Bangladesh. The partnership is administered by Danish Ethical Trade Initiative (DIEH) and focuses on improving workers safety and rights in Bangladesh and ensures that Danish companies sourcing from Bangladesh are addressing the duty to protect and respect human rights in accordance with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Furthermore the DIEH are conducting a project promoting social dialogue within a number of textiles factories in Bangladesh. The project is supported with the CSR funds from DANIDA.