Last Thursday, the 24th of October, was the six month anniversary of the Rana Plaza disaster. The collapse of Rana Plaza killed 1,133 and injured over 2,500 garment workers. To this day, only one of the companies involved in sourcing products from the factories in Rana Plaza has paid compensation to the victims and their families. The other fashion brands making clothes in the same building have not offered compensation.
People Tree believes these brands must take responsibility for their part in the accident. This disaster highlights why change is so urgent. We believe it is critically important for fashion brands to ensure social justice and transparency within their supply chains.
Over the last six months, People Tree has launched the Rag Rage campaign challenging fashion brands to support the Bangladesh Safety Accord together with War on Want and lobbying groups around the world, we managed to collect 1,000,000 signatures. One hundred fashion brands have signed the Accord, however but there are hundreds of other fashion companies sourcing products from Bangladesh that are yet to step up to their responsibility. It is time for the fashion industry to make human rights and basic safety non negotiable.
Next Tuesday, People Tree is hosting an event – Fashion Takes Action – which will feature a debate about the future of the industry. Safia Minney, the Founder and CEO of People Tree, will be joined by iconic designer Zandra Rhodes, Policy Director of the Soil Association Lord Peter Melchett and Fashion Editor and Columnist Liz Jones. The event will be attended by over one hundred guests including fashion bloggers and journalists who will all be dressed in red and pink in solidarity.
What do we have planned for the Fashion Takes Action event?
- People Tree will screen a short film of our recent meeting with victims’ families in Dhaka.
- The Soil Association and People Tree will share why we support and promote organic cotton.
- Zandra Rhodes will talk about why she has become part of the sustainable fashion movement in her latest collaborations with People Tree.
- Lord Peter Melchett will talk about the significance of organic cotton to farmers and the environment.
- Safia Minney will talk about how Fair Trade and ethical companies and consumers are pushing the fashion industry to change its business practice and the next steps for her groundbreaking brand.
While you may not be able to join us at the event, you can make a difference…
There are lots of ways you can take action for fashion. The most powerful voice we have as consumers is how we spend our money. Join us by refusing to shop from brands that exploit garment workers through unfair trading practices. Support Fair Trade and ethical fashion brands. Wear People Tree with pride – and let your friends and family know why you choose to shop differently.
Want to see more?
Watch the trailer for Made in Bangladesh, a documentary about fashion produced in Bangladesh. The documentary features People Tree as an alternative to the conventional fashion industry. While the documentary is not entirely in English, the trailer features Safia Minney…