The welfare of workers in the ready-made garment industry was debated in the Houses of Parliament.
Fashion Question Time was held in Portcullis House and was chaired by Mary Creagh, MP for Wakefield.
The event, held on Monday 18 April, was arranged by Fashion Revolution and addressed by international development Minister, Desmond Swayne MP. Richard Jones, IOSH’s head of policy and public affairs, was among guests.
It formed part of Fashion Revolution Week, which is being held from 18-24 April to raise awareness of the plight of people who work in fashion supply chains around the world, often in very poor conditions.
The title for the event was ‘Women’s Rights are Human Rights: Achieving Global Justice for Garment Workers’. It followed the format of BBC’s Question Time programme.
Richard said: “IOSH was very pleased to support this important awareness-raising event.”
The panellists were: Livia Firth, creative director of Eco Age; Antti Karhunen, head of unit for Private Framework Development, Trade and Regional Integration at the European Commission; Jenny Holdcroft, policy director at IndustriALL Global Union; Mike Kane MP, Shadow Minister for International Development; and Allanna McAspurn, CEO of MADE-BY.
Fashion Revolution has arranged events across the world during this week. The week coincides with the third anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, in which more than 1,100 workers were killed on 24 April 2013.
IOSH has recognised the steps that have been taken since the disaster to help safeguard those working in garment factories, but has urged that more needs to be done.
Richard added: “Three years on from the Rana Plaza tragedy, it is vital to keep this on the public and political agenda. Good supply chain management should mean that no one is ever out of sight, out of mind.
“IOSH wants to see more transparency, better training for managers and improved human rights due diligence. We believe this will help save lives and also ensure that businesses are successful and sustainable.”