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The location of Savar red markerthe site of the building collapse, in relation to Dhaka Photo of Rana Plaza taken one year before the collapse. The building, Rana Plaza, was owned by Sohel Ranaallegedly a member of the local unit of Jubo Leaguethe youth wing of Bangladesh Awami Leaguethe political party in power.
Other architects stressed the risks involved in placing factories inside a building designed only for shops and offices, noting the structure was potentially not strong enough to bear the weight and vibration of heavy machinery.
Immediately afterward, the building was evacuated,  and the shops and the bank on the lower floors were closed. The government made a statement suggesting that the area's local rescue emergency services were well equipped. Bangladeshi officials, desiring to take "face-saving" actions and protecting national sensibilities, refused to accept the assistance offered to them by the UN.
A large portion of the rescue operation consisted of inadequately equipped volunteers, many of whom had no protective clothing and wore sandals. Some buried workers drank their own urine to survive the high temperatures, waiting to be saved.
Not only was the Bangladeshi government accused of favouring national pride over those buried alive, but many relatives of those trapped in the debris criticised the government for trying to end the rescue mission prematurely. Building built on a filled-in pond which compromised structural integrity,  Conversion from commercial use to industrial use,  Addition of three floors above the original permit,  The use of substandard construction material which led to an overload of the building structure aggravated by vibrations due to the generators.
It was reported that the industrial police first requested the evacuation of the building until an inspection had been conducted. Causes related to manufacturers and safety compliance[ edit ] Some people have argued that the decision by managers to send workers back into the factories was due to the pressure to complete orders for buyers on time.
This second line of argument gives partial responsibility for the disaster to the short production deadlines preferred by buyers due to the quick changes of designs, referred to as fast fashion. Some have argued the demand for fast fashion and low-cost clothing motivated minimal oversight by clothing brands, and that collectively organised trade unions could have responded to the pressure of management.
Despite social compliance audits conducted according to BSCI procedure at two of the factories at Rana Plaza, auditors failed to detect the structural concerns. In a press release following the collapse, BSCI explained that their system did not cover building safety.
After officials promised the surviving workers that they would be soon paid, they ended their protest. The government and garment association were compiling a list of surviving employees to establish who must be paid and compensated.
Textile minister, Abdul Latif Siddiquetold reporters that more plants would be shut as part of strict new measures to ensure safety. The police attempted to stop the erection of the memorial several times. It remains the only memorial monument for the tragedy.
This prompted angry reactions from labour leaders. However, Rana will not be released from jail as another case filed by police is pending.
The framework requests that those companies make vigorous checks to ensure slave labour is not used in third world countries and the UK to produce their goods.
A headline that really struck me on the day of the tragedy in Bangladesh was 'Living on 38 euros a month'. That is what the people who died were being paid.
This is called slave labour. How many brothers and sisters find themselves in this situation! Not paying fairly, not giving a job because you are only looking at balance sheets, only looking at how to make a profit.
That goes against God! The campaign, hosted on LabourStartcalls for changes in the law to make it easier for unions to organise workers, as well as demanding improved health and safety conditions. Speaking outside the store, Murray Worthy, from campaign group War on Wantsaid: If Primark had taken its responsibility to those workers seriously, no one need have died this week.
Benetton initially denied reports linking production of their clothing at the factory, but clothes and documents linked to Benetton were discovered at the disaster site. People also expressed their anger at retailers that did not have any connections to that specific building, but are known to source from factories located in Bangladesh.
Walmartalong with 14 other North American companies, refused to sign the accord as the deadline passed. Penney and labour activists have been considering an agreement to improve factory safety in Bangladesh for at least two years. Unlike the accord joined mainly by European retailers, the plan lacks legally binding commitments to pay for those improvements.
Charney proposes a "Global Garment Workers Minimum Wage" as well discusses in detail many of the inner workings of the modern fast fashion industry commerce practices that leads to dangerous factory conditions like at Savar.
As of mid-Septembercompensations to families of disaster victims were still under discussion, with many families struggling to survive after having lost a major wage earner. Based on an analysis of the Savar building collapse, Wieland and Handfield suggest that companies need to audit products and suppliers; and that supplier auditing needs to go beyond direct relationships with first-tier suppliers.
They also demonstrate that visibility must be improved if supply cannot be directly controlled, and that smart and electronic technologies play a key role to improve visibility. Finally, they highlight that collaboration with local partners, across the industry and with universities is crucial to successfully managing social responsibility in supply chains.Primark focuses more on buying, logistics and supply chain management rather than developing its own brand.
Primark made its own teams of buyers that travel all over the world to detect fashion trends and to find out the competitive caterers. Updated world stock indexes.
Get an overview of major world indexes, current values and stock market data. Primark strengthens supply chain sustainability 14 October , source edie newsroom High-street retailer Primark has joined the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) - a group of clothing businesses committed to improving the environmental and ethical impacts of their supply chain.
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The judges said at the time: “Primark simply have a stunning supply chain – Primark are now setting the standards in the sector and are out to ‘out Wal-mart’ Wal-mart in the supply chain. Primark are the fastest growing fast-fashion retailer in Europe and supply chain is a fundamental part of that growth.
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