Bangladesh: Latest apparel and textile news & analysis
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.
As the countdown to the second anniversary of the Bangladesh Rana Plaza tragedy begins, the call is getting louder for apparel brands to fill the gap in compensation for victims before 24 April.
The accepted wisdom is that the Bangladesh garment industry’s state of decline is the result of the Tazreen Fire and the Rana Plaza building collapse. However, much as we would like to believe that goodness and mercy trumps FOB price and profit, the data tells another story.
The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety is in the final stages of setting up an affordable credit facility to provide low-cost loans that will enable its members' supplier factories move forward on remediation work.
The Better Work Bangladesh initiative is due to "get going in earnest next year" as part of wider efforts to improve working conditions in the country's ready-made garment industry.
A non-compliant apparel factory has been deemed ineligible to produce for any Accord signatory companies followings its refusal to temporarily suspend production to remedy safety concerns.
An event showcasing the entire denim supply chain in Bangladesh and beyond is to take place for the second time in May, following the success of the inaugural show in November.
A government-backed telephone helpline has been set up to help Bangladesh garment workers make and resolve grievances relating to workplace safety or worker rights.
Payment of the next round of compensation to ?Rana Plaza victims will leave no more money available to pay off the final tranche.
The Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety has revealed it may cut ties with 13 garment factories over their failure to carry out required remediation work.
The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety has tapped Mark Chubb to oversee fire safety operations and training in the country and guide remediation efforts in all garment factories its members source from.
More than 100 additional labour inspectors have been recruited in Bangladesh and are being trained in an International Labour Organization (ILO) programme.
Italian fashion giant Benetton is to make a contribution to the Bangladesh Rana Plaza Trust Fund that compensates victims of the disaster that occurred nearly two years ago.
A European Parliament human rights delegation is calling for more support for the Bangladesh Accord following a visit to ready-made garment factory in Dhaka this week.
Trade union representatives from European garment and retail companies have met to discuss ways to support the Bangladesh Accord on Fire & Building Safety.
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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