28 April 2013
The tragic deaths of 350 factory workers in a collapsed building in Bangladesh starkly highlights the urgent need for action to improve working conditions around the world. International Workers Memorial Day marks the deaths of all those killed by work activity over the years. In one year alone, this is estimated by the International Labour Organisation to be 2.3 million deaths, equating to 6,300 deaths per day, across the globe.
The Center for Safety and Health Sustainability, representing health and safety professionals from across the world, is actively working to raise awareness, improve standards in this area, and save lives.
Today, the Center repeats its calls on:
- All large corporations to review their procurement standards and take urgent action to improve standards throughout their supply chains.
- All organisations engaged in setting standards, operating ‘ranking schemes’ or providing third party audits to ensure that adequate health and safety is an integral part of their systems
- And finally, all customers and investors to ask more probing questions about working conditions of those providing goods and services.
Health and safety professionals from around the world have the necessary expertise and experience to help inform and train the public, policy-makers, investors, employers, and workers in basic health and safety requirements and effective regulation – contact the Center for more details.