Media Advisory

ILO, EU, Bangladesh and US to take stock of achievements in Bangladesh

The European Commission, the ILO and the Governments of Bangladesh and the US hold a high-level meeting to take stock of progress made in terms of labour conditions in Bangladesh.

Media advisory | Mariott Renaissance Hotel | Rue du Parnasse 19, Brussels | 16 October 2014
Monday 20 October 2014 | 02:00 pm – 03:15 pm | Mariott Renaissance Hotel | Rue du Parnasse 19, 1050 Bruxelles |

On 20 October, one-and-a-half year after the tragic collapse of the Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh, the International Labour Office (ILO), the European Commission (EC) and the Governments of Bangladesh and the US organize a high-level meeting titled “Staying Engaged – for continuous improvements in labour rights and factory safety in the ready-made garment and knitwear industry in Bangladesh”.

This meeting will take stock of the progress made on the implementation of the Sustainability Compact agreed upon by the ILO, the EC, the Governments of Bangladesh and the US in July 2013, with the objective of improving health, safety, labour rights and responsible business conduct in Bangladesh’s ready-made garment industry.

Journalists are invited to attend as observers the first part of the meeting with keynote speeches delivered by:
  • Mr László Andor, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion
  • Ms Sandra Polaski, Deputy Director-General for Policy, ILO
  • Mr Tofail Ahmed, Commerce Minister of Bangladesh
  • H.E. Daniel Mozena, United States Ambassador to Bangladesh
  • Ms Sandra Gallina, Director, DG Trade, European Commission

The members of the Sustainability Compact and representatives of the “Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety” and of the “Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety” will take part in the meeting, together with workers, employers, manufacturers, retailers and civil society organisations.


Journalists who want to attend must send an e-mail, accompanied by a photocopy of a valid press card and their national passport, to:
Barbara Janssens, International Labour Organization (ILO), Tel. 0032 2 737 93 85, mob. 0032 484 91 55 59.

Journalists holding a permanent EU press badge can access upon presentation of their badge.

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