Four years after Rana Plaza: Steps in the right direction but a lot remains to be done

[April 2017] Monday, 24 April, marks the fourth anniversary of the collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh, the deadliest disaster in the garment industry. The workers who died that day paid the ultimate price of the low cost, cut-throat industry that continues to put vast profits ahead of the lives and dignity of the women and men it employs. As we are approaching this tragic anniversary, our thoughts are with those who died, the families they left behind and with the survivors who continue to suffer the physical and psychological scars of this terrible disaster. We also use this moment to call on brands, governments and employers to defend the improvements won after Rana Plaza, and to go much further in tackling roots causes of the disaster, including the repression of workers rights and the lack of transparency in the industry.