Five years ago today, the world's worst garment factory disaster happened in Bangladesh, killing 1135 people. The factory produced clothes for major international brands. Rana Plaza Day was set up as an annual global day of action to remember the victims.
The building took less than 90 seconds to collapse, despite pleas from workers that it was not a safe place to work.
The Accord Renewal
The Bangladesh Accord is a legally binding accord that promised to uphold new safety stands for workers. 220 companies signed the original Accord, after thousands of people put pressure on retailers to take responsibility for its garment workers.
In May it is being renewed and so far 152 global brands have signed the new 2018 accord. That's two thirds of the original signatories. These include Primark, H&M, Zara, John Lewis, Marks and Spencer and Matalan.
Brands like Debenhams, Next and Sainsbury’s were slow to sign up to the renewal and it wasn’t until SumofUs led a mass consumer campaign calling on the brands to commit to the new safety standards that they signed the new accord last week.
German sportswear brand Puma is one of the biggest brands still to sign.