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?
- 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
- We are challenging brands sourcing in Bangladesh to withdraw from contracts unless the Bangladesh Fire and Safety Agreement is enforced.
- We are agreeing, “until this happens I will buy less fast fashion, buy more second hand fashion and more Fair Trade fashion”.
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…
“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.”
Eco-entrepreneur and People Tree Ambassador
“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.”
Founder of Fair Trade Group Artisan Hut, Bangladesh
“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.”
Creative Director, Eco-Age
“The 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.”
Model and People Tree Ambassador
“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
“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
“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…