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Cellphone surveys add to supply chain insight 28 Oct 2016

A helpline set up to monitor conditions in Bangladesh's garment factories by encouraging workers to report abuses using their mobile phones has received a total of 92,416 calls since its launch two years ago. But while the initiative is giving retailers and brands more insight into what's really going on in their supply chains, technology alone is not the solution.

Bangladesh Alliance preparing 2018 transition plan 7 Oct 2016

The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety says it is working on a plan to hand over responsibility for its affiliated garment factories to the country's government in 2018, and has revealed around 63% of remediation work has been completed to date.

Fair prices the way forward in Bangladesh 6 Oct 2016

Bangladesh's apparel makers have invested heavily in improving factory safety since the 2013 Rana Plaza disaster, but global buyers are still failing to pay fair prices and following non-transparent purchasing practices, a conference in Dhaka has heard.

Bangladesh "business as usual" despite safety fear 2 Sep 2016

Bangladesh's garment exporters have reiterated that business continues as usual in the country, despite tightening security following recent terrorist attacks in the country and wider fears of a long-term impact on the sector.

How much do global garment workers really earn? 11 Aug 2016

The legal minimum wage and purchasing power of average monthly pay in some of Bangladesh's factories falls below World Bank poverty lines, a new report has found.

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Apparel brands urge Bangladesh PM to address wages 17 Jan 2017

Swedish apparel giant Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) is among a number of Western apparel brands urging Bangladesh's Prime Minister to adopt a wage board for the country's garment sector, expressing concern over recent unrest among garment workers.

Better compliance "crucial" for Bangladesh growth 16 Jan 2017

Improvements in compliance and establishing a separate garment production zone are crucial steps if Bangladesh is to ensure sustainable growth of its garment sector, a new report suggests.

Bangladesh garment exports up 4.4% in H1 13 Jan 2017

Bangladesh's ready made garment (RMG) sector saw exports increase 4.4% in the first half of its 2016-17 financial year, figures show, despite a fall for the month of December.

Update - Bangladesh "business as usual" 11 Jan 2017

Bangladesh's garment manufacturers say they are receiving special government support since the country's terrorist attacks and insist it is business as usual despite a US security update last week warning of Islamic State (IS) terrorists targeting clothing buyers in the country's most secure zones.

Remediations and suspensions for Alliance 10 Jan 2017

December proved a busy month for the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, as the group says a further four apparel factories used by its member companies completed all material components outlined in their Corrective Action Plans (CAPs), while operations have been suspended in 15 others.

Warning of terrorist threat to Bangladesh buyers 6 Jan 2017

Bangladesh's garment industry is once again facing safety fears after a US State Department security update warned of Islamic State (IS) terrorists targeting clothing buyers in the country's most secure zones.

Bangladesh criticised for garment worker crackdown 6 Jan 2017

Concerns are being expressed over the treatment of garment workers, trade union leaders and worker activists in Bangladesh following wage protests last month in the capital Dhaka – with brands who source from the country being urged to contact the government to put an end to the "sinister crackdown."

C&A Foundation funds Bangladesh mapping program 21 Dec 2016

C&A Foundation, the corporate foundation affiliated with global retailer C&A, has partnered with the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) and BRAC University (BRACU) on a transparency initiative that will see digital mapping of the country's ready-made garment industry..

Bangladesh RMG factories close over wage dispute 21 Dec 2016

Around 55 Bangladesh garment factories are understood to have declared themselves shut for an indefinite period following an "illegal strike" by workers demanding a wage hike.

Labour groups question Alliance progress claims 19 Dec 2016

A number of labour rights group have questioned the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety over the progress it claims it has made in remediating the country's garment industry in response to accusations its efforts have been overstated and it is concealing its lack of action. 

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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.