The deaths of more than 1,100 people in the Rana Plaza factory complex collapse could be repeated if the structural integrity of buildings in Bangladesh is not improved, UK politicians fear.

Members of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Bangladesh have recently returned from a fact-finding mission to the country, and have come up with a number of recommendations designed to improve standards in the ready made garment industry.

The industry, the UK MPs say, is “at a critical crossroads” and in urgent need of reform to ensure its long-term viability.

“The human costs of doing business in Bangladesh, as illustrated by the Rana Plaza collapse, combined with poor infrastructure and political instability, are the most pressing challenges facing the industry,” the group says in its report.

“If Bangladesh is not to lose future investment in such a critical industry, all stakeholders must engage in dialogue together to address supply bottlenecks and rebuild the reputation of the industry by improving working conditions.”

Brands and the international community need to support the country to make these improvements, the MPs add, with the UK playing an important role as one of the major investors in the country.

According to the report, 90% of buildings in Bangladesh still fail to meet any building codes, creating a “high chance” of repeats of either the Rana Plaza collapse or the Tazreen Fashion fire.

A long-term strategic plan, says the APPG, needs to be drawn up by the Bangladesh government, with help from brands and the international community, to address concerns.

Brands should also fund further investment, the report adds, to help workers to improve their skills and management techniques, as well as encouraging more workforce representation.

The minimum wage should be reviewed to drive up living standards, and an ethical “kitemark” for garments should be investigated to see if this could drive improved standards, help consumers and make sense for brands, the MPs add.