Bangladesh: Latest apparel and textile news & analysis
More than 180 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 last year.
The over-riding message from a review last week to look at ongoing efforts to improve worker rights and factory safety in Bangladesh's ready-made garment and knitwear industry seems to be that "a lot of work still remains to be done."
A review of the work carried out so far by the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety says the group has made "significant and laudable progress" over the past 12 months - but pulls no punches when it comes to the many challenges that still lie ahead.
The group of North American brands and retailers - including Wal-Mart Stores, Gap Inc and VF Corporation - working to improve safety in Bangladesh's ready-made garment factories appears to be sourcing more products from the country as efforts to upgrade the industry take hold. But one year on, progress is "far from over", with the total cost likely to be in the region of $150m and take 12-18 another months to complete.
A growing list of differences appears to be breaking out between groups working to improve factory and building safety for garment workers in Bangladesh.
The Bangladeshi government has made “noteworthy progress” on factory inspections and labour law reforms, but much remains to be done, says a senior US trade official.
The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has renewed its call for the government to set up a dedicated ministry for the ready-made garment (RMG) industry.
An agreement on delivering compensation to the victims of the Tazreen Fashions fire has been outlined - two years after the blaze killed at least 112 people and injured 300 others.
The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety has launched a fire safety initiative to protect the lives of garment workers, a need highlighted by the Tazreen Fashions fire in Bangladesh that killed 112 people.
One worker has died while another four have been injured after a boiler tank ruptured at a garment factory in Gazipur, Bangladesh.
The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh has issued a manual and other remediation guidance to help its supplier factories as the implementation of fire protection measures gets underway.
The European Union's representative in Bangladesh has suggested the country should start planning now if it wants to retain its preferential access to the EU market as its economic performance continues to improve.
Cambodia's National Garment Workers Federation (NGWF) is calling for the Hameen Sportswear factory in Bangladesh to re-open after 400 workers were laid off when it closed earlier this month.
The US government has welcomed the progress made by Bangladesh in addressing concerns over worker safety in the country’s garment factories.
More work is needed to reform Bangladesh's apparel industry if the country's exports are to grow, a report has found.
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.
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