After months of hemming and hawing over what to do about deadly factory conditions in Bangladesh, officials from the U.S., the European Union, the International Labor Organization, and Bangladesh are finally putting their heads together on Monday, WWD reports. This is a good thing, of course, can you believe it took them so long? It’s been over two months since the Rana Plaza factory collapsed and killed over 1,100 workers, and eight months since the Tazreen Fashion fire left 112 dead.
This follows a long period of jumbled communication between different countries and companies who want to keep following their own regulations, not anyone else’s, and couldn’t agree on a common solution. The meeting’s objective is to determine a “Sustainability Compact” to reform labor rights in Bangladesh, which is pretty broad; hopefully they accomplish something.