Supplement | HBS Case Collection | September 2013 (Revised June 2014)

Rana Plaza: Workplace Safety in Bangladesh (B)

by John A. Quelch and Margaret L. Rodriguez


In the aftermath of the Rana Plaza building collapse, a group of international retailers and labor unions partnered to create a proposal for more stringent inspections and enforcement of safety standards in Bangladesh garment factories. The proposal was met by opposition from several U.S. firms, which claimed the proposal carried too a high a risk of litigation for them to sign. Neither proposal relied on legislation, but options for government involvement are also discussed in the case.

Keywords: retail trade; corporate social responsibility; Apparel; Bangladesh; worker safety; government and business; international business; Apparel and Accessories Industry; Bangladesh;


Quelch, John A., and Margaret L. Rodriguez. "Rana Plaza: Workplace Safety in Bangladesh (B)." Harvard Business School Supplement 514-035, September 2013. (Revised June 2014.)