Accord statement upon the six-month anniversary of the Rana Plaza disaster

Upon the six-month anniversary of the building collapse in Dhaka that resulted in the deaths of 1,133 people, Andy York, member of the Steering Committee of the Accord for Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh today commented on behalf of the signatories of the Accord. Speaking from Dhaka, he said:

“Six months since tragedy struck at the heart of Dhaka’s garment manufacturing community, taking the lives of 1,133 innocent, hardworking people, the tragedy is still all too fresh in the memories of the victims’ friends and families. The signatories to the Accord for Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh send our thoughts and sympathies to them all.”

Also speaking from Dhaka, Jenny Holdcroft from IndustriALL Global Union added:

“Sadly, we can’t turn back the clock, but we can at least take action now, and that is what the Accord is doing, by focusing on the future. The Accord commits its signatories – now numbering more than 100 – to the goal of a safe and sustainable Bangladeshi ready-made garment industry, in which no worker needs to fear fires, building collapses or other accidents that could be prevented with reasonable health and safety measures. Our goal will require a deep commitment from all stakeholders so that the tragic events of the past are substituted with positive examples of transformative change in the future.”

Download ‘Bangladesh Accord Rana Plaza 6 month Anniversary Statement’ here


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Notes to editors

–         The Accord for Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh was signed on 13 May 2013, in response to the Rana Plaza factory building collapse on 24 April 2013.

–         The Accord is a legally binding agreement between 103 signatories including international unions IndustriALL and UNI Global, Bangladesh trade unions, and international brands and retailers (companies) covering 1,557 garment factories. A full list of these can be found here:

–         The Accord’s website address is

–         The Accord’s Twitter feed is @bangaccord