Tazreen fire

published 03-10-2013 14:16, last modified 10-10-2013 14:12
In November 2012, at least 112 workers died and hundreds were severely injured in a fire at Tazreen Fashions, a garment factory near Dhaka. Many of the workers jumped to their deaths trying to escape from the nine-storey building. Others were burned alive. Fire exits were either absent or closed. Tazreen produced garments for well-known brands including C&A, KIK, Walmart, Disney, Dickies and ENYCE.
"As we yet again mourn the loss of scores of garment workers in Bangladesh, we demand that brands step up their game. Tragedy after tragedy underlines our belief that simple, cosmetic changes to existing programmes simply aren't enough. Action needs to be taken to address the root causes of these fires”

Ineke Zeldenrust, Clean Clothes Campaign

In December, Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) visited Bangladesh to work with Bangladeshi unions and partner organisations, interview victims of the fire and meet with representatives of the Dutch embassy.

Following the development of a joint strategy with Bangladeshi and international trade unions and labour rights organisations, CCC organised street actions in various European countries, including Spain, Germany, Belgium, Austria and the Netherlands.

In this way CCC informed consumers and called on them to take action, launching an e-mail petition to urge companies to sign the Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Accord, and pay adequate compensation to the victims and their relatives. CCC also reached out to governments, international organisations and the global media.

 Download the Fatal Fashion report by SOMO and CCC on factory fires here

See also:

Trade unions’ and labour groups’ demands to buyers from Tazreen Fashions
Vigils at European C&A stores for justice for Tazreen fire victims
C&A's compensation for Bangladeshi fire victims falls short

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The burnt out Tazreen factory


What do companies and Multi Stakeholder Initiaves think of the CCC? *

“CCC has been one of the defining influences on code of conduct over the last 10 years. Codes of conduct have moved from being a fringe idea to a central plank of single CSR policy in the industry. A large part of that is because CCC internationally have been a champion for the role of brands taking action... and have placed and kept the issue in the public domain.”

“CCC have had impact by raising our awareness, triggering the development of our code of conduct and our subsequent mechanisms on monitoring, disclosure practises, decision to join MSI, training and follow-up.”

“If there is a critical situation in a factory that we have not become aware of ourselves, we do of course react immediately, if this is brought to our attention by CCC.”

“All activities raise awareness but do not change policies, urgent appeals have most impact to improve or change the way of working with a supplier or improve a situation if needed.”

* Quotes from internal report that assesses how Clean Clothes Campaign's labour rights corporate accountability work, including the Urgent Appeal system, has impacted corporate behavior between 1994 and 2010.

Pins Brown, 2010. Impact Assessment of Corporate Accountability Activities of Clean Clothes Campaign. Unpublished report on file.