Six years ago the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh collapsed. More than 1,000 people died and 2,500 were injured. Most of the victims were young women making clothes for us.
Death is the most extreme danger workers in the clothing industry face but poor pay and conditions remain widespread today.
Thousands of Fashion Revolution supporters have helped push the UK fashion industry to clean up its act and progress has been made.
But not every company is moving fast enough. So for Fashion Revolution Week this year we’re aiming to help speed things up.
Many overseas workers supplying well-known British companies toil in conditions of ‘modern slavery’ – owned or controlled by an ‘employer’ or forced to work.
That’s one reason the British Parliament passed the Modern Slavery Act in 2015: to require big brands to explain what they are doing to tackle modern slavery in their supply chains.
The trouble is: the British Government doesn’t keep a list of who is doing what.
So if we want to find out whether brands in Britain are playing by the rules, the truth is: the Government won’t help us.
But, together, we can make the Government take responsibility for enforcing its own law.
An influential cross-party group of MPs has already concluded that having a central Government database is a sensible step forward.
And, if enough of us raise our voices, we can persuade the Government to set it up.
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