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Who has signed the Bangladesh safety accord? 22 Sep 2015

More than 200 companies have now signed the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh following the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory building in Dhaka, which killed more than 1,100 people in 2013.

Bangladesh Alliance remains a "work in progress" 15 Sep 2015

The group of North American brands and retailers working to improve safety in Bangladesh's ready-made garment factories continued to make progress in their second year. But challenges remain in remediation and financing, and more work is needed if the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety is to leave a legacy of safer factories in 2018.

When will Bangladesh take compliance seriously? 17 Jul 2015

Are Bangladesh’s garment factory owners about to destroy their extraordinary apparel success story? On the face of it, the question sounds absurd, writes Mike Flanagan. But neither the BGMEA nor the Bangladesh government have shown any real interest in developing a compliant garment industry.

Is garment compliance fundamentally flawed? 17 Jul 2015

Compliance in the global garment industry is fundamentally flawed, and has been from the beginning, according to industry expert David Birnbaum. In order to bring about change, he suggests, the industry must face up to these flaws, and work towards a single standard of compliance.

Frustrations come to the fore in Bangladesh 23 Jun 2015

Both the Alliance and Accord have long expressed their concerns at the Bangladesh government’s lack of engagement in the process of making garment factories safer and empowering workers. But recent comments from the country's finance minister appear to be pushing their frustrations to the fore.

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Bangladesh RMG injury insurance scheme set up 7 Oct 2015

An injury insurance scheme for Bangladeshi garment workers has been set up as part of a collaboration between the government, the International Labour Organization (ILO), and Germany.

Bangladesh execs say labour reform supports US GSP 6 Oct 2015

As the US government reviews its trade benefits regime this month, Bangladesh's garment industry and labour leaders have argued that the country deserves to regain GSP (Generalized System of Preferences) status.

New Bangladesh labour rules draw union criticism 5 Oct 2015

The roll-out of new labour rules in Bangladesh has been welcomed by US and European Union (EU) diplomats, but reactions from union bosses and worker rights activists have been tepid.

Bangladesh group plans nation’s first PSF plant 5 Oct 2015

Bangladesh’s diversified manufacturing conglomerate the Deshbandhu Group is to set up the country’s first major polyester staple fibre (PSF) plant, following robust demand for the key raw material.

H&M falling behind on Bangladesh factory safety? 2 Oct 2015

Fashion retailer H&M has been criticised by labour rights groups for potentially endangering hundreds of workers at its supplier factories Bangladesh because they have fallen behind on fire and building safety repairs.

USAID funds $22m for Bangladesh factory safety 1 Oct 2015

The US Agency for International Development's (USAID) has signed two credit guarantee facilities to provide up to US$22m in financing to small- and medium-sized garment suppliers in Bangladesh for factory upgrades and safety improvements. 

H&M supports Bangladesh worker rights initiative 30 Sep 2015

Swedish fashion retailer Hennes and Mauritz (H&M) says it will be able to make a "hands-on" contribution to a new US$5.4m initiative to enhance workplace rights and industrial relations in Bangladesh, thanks to its experience in the country's apparel and textile sector.

US$5.4m scheme to boost Bangladesh worker rights 28 Sep 2015

A new US$5.4m initiative to enhance workplace rights and industrial relations in the Bangladesh ready-made garment sector has been agreed in the margins of the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York.

BGMEA finally names new president and committee 17 Sep 2015

The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has finally confirmed the make-up of its new committee after several missed deadlines.

Bangladesh launches RMG worker training scheme 15 Sep 2015

Bangladesh has launched a new skills training programme for the country's apparel industry workers and those wanting to enter it.

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Garment factories boost Bangladesh education 16 Sep 2014

The explosive growth of the Bangladeshi ready-made garment industry is more likely to be accompanied by accusations of sweatshop exploitation from labour rights activists than praise for the positive opportunities it brings the sector's largely-women workforce.