As long as the price is right? The textile industry five years after Rana Plaza

The General-Anzeiger newspaper and GIZ invite you to join in a discussion on 11 June 2018.

More than 1000 textile workers lost their lives five years ago when the Rana Plaza textile factory in Bangladesh collapsed. They paid a high price for the cheap clothing produced there for the German and other markets. Working conditions in countries where cheap clothing is made are often poor and employees are underpaid. At the same time, jobs in the textile industry play an important role for the economy of those countries and there is strong global demand for cheap clothing.

So what has changed in the textile industry since the Rana Plaza tragedy? Has the life of the women who work in the sector improved? Is the kind of progress achieved in Bangladesh with regard to building safety, environmental protection and wages also possible in other countries? How transparent are the supply chains of textile retailers? Are politicians and entrepreneurs responsible for changing the status quo or do consumers also have to rethink their buying behaviour? What do they need to pay attention to when buying clothes?

These issues will be discussed by:

  • Dr. Sabine Ferenschild, Researcher at Südwind e.V.
  • Ansgar Lohmann, CSR manager at KiK Textilien und Non-Food GmbH
  • Dr. Jochen Weikert, South Asia Division at GIZ

Chair: Lutz Warkalla, Editor at the Bonn-based General-Anzeiger newspaper

Admission is free.


GIZ Bonn
Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 36
53113 Bonn

Monday, 11 June 2018 from 18:00 to 20:00.

About Bonn and the World
Bonn and the World is a series of events organised jointly by the Bonn local newspaper General-Anzeiger and GIZ. The series focuses on current topics related to international cooperation, with prominent experts offering first-hand analyses and reports that everyone will find clear and informative. Get involved and have your say!


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