People Tree launches the Rag Rage Campaign


People Tree is deeply saddened and outraged over the Dhaka factory collapse, which killed hundreds and injured more than a thousand garment workers in Bangladesh. We believe it is time for both the fashion industry and consumers to take responsibility. We all have a role to play in ensuring that the exploitation and dangerous working conditions endured by garment workers stop.

We are asking you to join us in calling for change. We have started the Rag Rage Campaign to challenge the fashion brands sourcing from Bangladesh to stop cutting corners in the garment industry. Would you sign our petition today?

  1. We are challenging brands which source or have sourced from these factories to fund immediate compensation for the injured and the dead for loss of earnings over each worker’s lifetime, and
  2. We are challenging brands sourcing in Bangladesh to withdraw from contracts unless the Bangladesh Fire and Safety Agreement is enforced.
  3. We are agreeing, “until this happens I will buy less fast fashion, buy more second hand fashion and more Fair Trade fashion”.

Sign the petition now.

We asked leaders from fashion, culture, business and government to tell us why they are supporting the Rag Rage Campaign. Here’s what they said…

jo_wood “We would not expect people here to work in these factories, so why do we allow this trade in our country? It’s time for these distributors to take responsibility for ALL their employees and for consumers to realise the statement they are making by supporting this trade.”
Jo Wood
Eco-entrepreneur and People Tree Ambassador


monju“As I remember, the first incident was in 1993 at Saraka Garments where 17 women workers lost their lives. Fires, collapsed buildings, demonstration for decent wages, safety bonus and labour rights etc., is a regular feature of the garment industry in Bangladesh.”
Monju Haque 
Founder of Fair Trade Group Artisan Hut, Bangladesh


livia_firth“We, as consumers, have the power to change the lives of the garment workers. By supporting brands which produce ethically, we protect garment workers. By ignoring this principle – we kill them.”
Livia Firth
Creative Director, Eco-Age

laura_baileyThe tragic collapse of a garment factory in Bangladesh last week is a wake-up call to all of us who create and consume fashion. The terrible risks taken in pursuit of lower and lower prices have resulted in the highest cost of all.”
Laura Bailey
Model and People Tree Ambassador





santo“If Fair Trade fashion companies like People Tree grew we could provide more work to rural artisans. Fair Trade pays decent prices and helps support jobs and improve living conditions for producers, and their families. Developing trust-based structures such as cooperatives restores social stability.”
Md. Mynul Haque
Handicraft Program Manager, Thanapara Swallows, handloom producers, Bangladesh

safia_minney “It’s not just about this factory, fire and building safety risks affect the whole fashion industry. This is a problem in many developing countries. If no Government or garment factory owner take initiatives to solve the problem, how will the people industry grow? How will we reduce poverty? Rana Plaza building collapsed with 400 confirmed deaths and over a 1000 missing. Tazreen Garments fire took 214 lives in 2012. These accidents happen because labour factory laws and construction procedure compliance are not upheld. The public and buyers should put a huge pressure on garment factories now!”
Safia Minney, MBE
Founder and CEO of People Tree


sadiq_khan “The standards the workers had been operating in were horrendous and highlight the continued need for better working standards for garment factory workers across the globe. I am fully behind People Tree’s call for mainstream business to adopt best practice standards.”
Sadiq Khan MP
Shadow Justice Secretary and Member of Parliament for Tooting



What do you think? Why are you supporting the Rag Rage Campaign? Leave a comment below…


10 Replies to “People Tree launches the Rag Rage Campaign

  1. I want the same for Bangladeshis as people in the UK have a national insurance system, which the UK has had for 102 ears – and girls’ schools, which the UK has had for at least 137 years. I want the same right to organise trades unions, to vote, access to justice and human rights. These would reduce explosion of population that goes with a desparate existance and the need to have children to look after you in old age, and that reduction of population would be one factor in reducing Bangladeshi poverty.

    I want EU tariffs to be higher for countries that promote poverty and lower for countries that reduce poverty. That way, the elite groups in countries like Bangladesh will work to make sure health and safety laws really work and that every factory is better – not just the one that a particular buyer sees. Conditions will be better because of welfare services for all the population, and there could be more of a consensus amongst law-makers and factory owners that good factories make sense.

    I have written to my MEPs asking if they would consider smarter tariffs, but unfortunately it wasn’t the policy of any of the major parties. I hope that the recent non legislative motion in the European parliament, threatening to remove Bangladesh’s free access to the European market, is a sign of things to come.

    I hope that UK ministries and development agencies, including the Greater London Authority with its London Fashion Week, promote goods made in democratic welfare states and help buyers find the producers that are still left in Europe, identifying as full as possible a list from tax data.

    John Robertson

  2. It’s all about justice. It’s about treating people how we want to be treated and moving away from the selfish nature of having things because we want them regardless of the cost to others.

  3. I am supporting the rag rage campaign because it is ridiculous that work circumstances and wages in factories are so bad, just for us to walk in cheap and new & “trendy” clothes. I am sure that if there are more alternatives for clothes that are made under acceptable conditions and for an honest price for the people who make them, people will be more likely to choose those alternatives. Thus I would pressure main stream brands such as the H&M to try to make fair and ethical clothing a normal standard for their clothes.

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