There has been an outcry from workers' rights groups following the collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory. As a result, international security firm IMG, announces new efforts to help companies to increase the workplace and employee safety of facilities in Bangladesh.
The Incident Management Group, Inc. (IMG) (http://www.theimg.com) a leading workplace safety firm, has announced an initiative to help companies analyze and improve the workplace safety of manufacturing plants and garment factories in Bangladesh. The recent collapse of the garment factory in Savar, Bangladesh has led critics and workers’ rights groups to question whether multinational companies are doing enough to ensure workplace safety and uphold workers’ rights.
“We are seeing an increased level of interest in workplace safety and workers’ rights across Bangladesh,” explained Chris Hagon, CEO of IMG. “Seeing the legal, moral, and reputational harm workplace safety incidents can inflict, many companies with garment factories in Bangladesh are seeking advice on how to fulfill their duty of care obligations and ensure workers’ rights. Our initiative is meant to fill this need.”
To learn more about the IMG Group, and reach out for a consultation on workplace safety, please visit http://www.theimg.com/workplace-factory-design-services. At that web address, interested parties can find more information on workplace security issues. Since each situation is unique, users are advised to reach out to IMG via phone or email for more specific information, tailored to their special circumstances.
Background on the Collapse of a Garment Factory and Workplace Safety in Bangladesh
Rana Plaza, a building housing a garment factory in Savar, Bangladesh, collapsed in April 2013. This resulted in the worst industrial garment factory accident in history. The collapse caused over 1,000 deaths and over 2,000 injuries. Companies such as Walmart, Primark, Benetton and others were believed to have suppliers from Rana Plaza. They incurred a significant amount of reputational damage as a result. *1
Since the collapse, there has been an outcry to improve workplace safety conditions and workers’ rights in Bangladesh. Target, Walmart Gap, and Macy’s all announced voluntary plans to improve the workplace safety conditions at garment factories in Bangladesh. However, some unions and workers’ rights groups claim that these voluntary measures do not go far enough.
(*1: Source: New York Times, May 31, 2013: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/31/world/asia/bangladeshi-lab-struggles-to-identify-rana-plazas-dead.html).
Whether because of voluntary commitments, legal obligations, or pressure from workers’ rights groups, it is clear that many firms are developing plans to improve workplace safety in Bangladesh. As reputation and global branding become more important, firms are likely to make more visible and verifiable commitments to workers’ rights and duty of care obligations.