Nov 20, 2013 - 3-5pm in NYC: The Rana Plaza Disaster in Bangladesh: Taking Stock Half a Year On - And marking one year since the Tazreen factory fire

On 20 November 2013, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre held the 4th event in its Mary Robinson Speaker Series, at Ford Foundation headquarters in New York City.  The subject was "The Rana Plaza Disaster in Bangladesh: Taking Stock Half a Year On".  Following a moving and inspiring keynote speech by Kalpona Akter of the Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity, there was a lively panel discussion and audience Q&A on progress and challenges in improving the lives of garment workers in Bangladesh.  A blog post about the event by the Resource Centre's Executive Director Phil Bloomer is here

Panelists (l to r): Steven Greenhouse, New York Times (panel moderator); Kalpona Akter, Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity; Judy Gearhart, International Labor Rights Forum; Sarah Labowitz, Center for Business and Human Rights at NYU Stern business school; Chloe Poynton, BSR (Business for Social Responsibility); Lauren Compere, Boston Common Asset Management; Harpreet Kaur, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre. 

Note: A compiliation of material from a wide range of sources about the Rana Plaza building collapse is here




Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, a non-profit organization, tracks the human rights impacts (positive & negative) of over 5500 companies in 180 countries.  The Centre seeks responses from companies when concerns are raised by civil society, and provides tools and resources for everyone in this field.

Our researchers are based in Brazil, Colombia, Hong Kong, India, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Senegal, South Africa, Thailand, UK, Ukraine and USA.

Our mission is to encourage companies to respect and promote human rights, and avoid harm to people.

Sign up for the Centre’s free Weekly Updates here

Donate here

The Mary Robinson Speaker Series on Business & Human Rights is an annual event in New York City that profiles advocates doing sustained work in this field and provides a forum for debate.  Videos of our past events in this series are available online: 2010; 2011; 2012.

Get RSS feed of these results

Related stories and components

12 October 2014

Consider favourably: Bangladesh to US in GSP review


Ambassador Mohammad Ziauddin made the request…while meeting the US Trade Representative (USTR) Ambassador Michael Froman…both of them discussed issues related to trade, investment and the GSP review for Bangladesh…The US revoked the GSP on some...

Read more

28 October 2014

Bangladesh: Accord reports on factories' inspections, labour rights advocates say it's a long way from success

See full story

10 March 2015

Bangladesh: Workers' deaths & injuries in the cement factory collapse reaffirms safety gaps in factories

A cement factory collapsed in the port city of Mongla, about 188 miles southwest of the capital, Dhaka. Seven people were reported dead , 40 inured and many missing after a roof under construction at an army-run factory collapsed. The cement factory...

See full story

23 March 2015

UNI Global Union, IndustriALL Global Union and the Clean Clothes Campaign urge brands to contribute to the compensation fund before second anniversary of Rana Plaza building collapse

Author: Clean clothes Campaign

With one month to go before the second anniversary of the Rana Plaza disaster the three organisations…UNI Global Union, IndustriALL Global Union and the Clean Clothes Campaign…negotiating on behalf of the victims – are ramping up demands on global...

Read more

23 April 2015

Rana Plaza two years on: Progress, but compensation and workers' rights still lacking

On 24 April 2013, Rana Plaza building collapse killed over 1100 garment workers and left 2000 injured.  The second anniversary has seen NGOs and investors urge companies to address a 6$m shortfall in compensation for victims.  Human Rights Watch ha...

See full story