The Center provides short, in-depth analysis of complicated issues at the intersection of business and human rights.
The Center's Research in Brief series provides a close study of the implications of business' operations on human rights. They condense rigorous academic research into new scholarship to reveal a set of facts previously overlooked.
BANGLADESH FACTORY SAFETY - FOUR YEARS AFTER RANA PLAZA
The Accord and Alliance programs have one year left in their collective efforts to make the Bangladeshi garment industry safe and sustainable. What have they have achieved to date and what remains to be done?
In Bangladesh, over 5 million people work in the $24.5 billion ready-made garment (RMG) industry. In 2013, the collapse of five factories in the Rana Plaza complex killed more than 1,100 garment workers and brought significant international attention from governments, fashion brands, and consumers to the weak system of labor rights protections in Bangladesh. Despite the quarter of a billion dollars in funding committed to improve the industry, progress on fixing factories is slow.
COMPARING RESOURCES OF HUMAN RIGHTS MULTI-STAKEHOLDER INITIATIVES
Multi-stakeholder Initiatives (MSIs) have become the default response to governance gaps in
different industry settings, ranging from private security providers to apparel to information and
communication technology. To effectively close these gaps, MSIs require resources and capacity
to implement the agreements and procedures that their members negotiate.