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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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Bangladesh GOTS seminar sees organic commitment 1 Dec 2016

The first Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) seminar in Bangladesh last week attracted a full house – along with commitments from brands to increase their share of GOTS certified organic textiles in their respective supply chains, organisers say.

Labour rights groups call for Tazreen prosecution 25 Nov 2016

Labour rights groups are urging the Bangladesh government to speed up the legal processes underway against the owner of Tazreen Fashions, where 117 workers lost their lives in a fire four years ago.

Alliance defends position over remediation claims 23 Nov 2016

The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety says it stands by its progress in remediating the country's garment industry following claims by a group of labour rights organisations that its efforts have been overstated and it is concealing its lack of action.

Bangladesh Alliance "overstating" progress 21 Nov 2016

The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety is concealing its lack of action and overstating its remediation progress, while retailers including Gap Inc and Walmart are failing to fulfil their commitment to make supplier garment factories safe, labour rights organisations claim.

Bangladesh Accord in talks on post-2018 extension 18 Nov 2016

The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh has confirmed its members are in discussions over whether the group will extend its stay in the country after the 2018 deadline in order to complete its remediation work. 

Bangladesh has potential to be export "powerhouse" 16 Nov 2016

Bangladesh – already the world's second-largest apparel exporter – has the potential to become an export powerhouse at the level of its east Asian neighbours, a new report has found, if it improves its business competitiveness and trade regime.

Bangladesh Accord axes six more apparel suppliers 3 Nov 2016

The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh has severed ties with six more ready-made garment suppliers after they failed to implement workplace safety measures.

Bangladesh unions resolve to intensify organising 1 Nov 2016

Garment unions in Bangladesh have resolved to make use of international instruments such as ILO conventions and the Bangladesh Accord to help organise more workers along the supply chain in the country's readymade garment sector (RMG), in a bid to further protect workers' rights.

Bangladesh garment workers rally for higher wages 17 Oct 2016

Bangladesh’s National Garment Workers Federation (NGWF) has kicked off a new campaign calling for higher wages for the country’s garment workers.

Bangladesh Alliance cuts ties with seven factories 13 Oct 2016

The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety has suspended the operations of a further seven garment factories for failing to provide evidence of their remediation progress.

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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.