1Rana Plaza as a threat to the fast fashion model?

An analysis of institutional responses to the disaster in Germany

Nora Lohmeyer and Elke Schüßler

1. The Rana Plaza factory collapse

On 24 April 2013, a nine-story garment factory in Sabhar, a city in the northwest of Dhaka, collapsed. More than 1,100 workers died and more than 2,400 were injured. The collapse of the Rana Plaza building is one of the deadliest accidents in the history of the global garment industry, but sadly only one in a series of factory accidents in Bangladesh, Pakistan and other garment-producing countries.

The reasons for such accidents are manifold. Since the 1970s, when big retailers shifted most of their sourcing to Asia to realize rock-bottom prices through economies ...

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