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Alliance brands "staying the course" in Bangladesh 15 Jul 2016

The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety says it will stay the course in the south Asian country despite two recent terrorist attacks  – and that apparel brands and retailers remain committed to sourcing garments there.


Terrorist attack "a tipping point" for Bangladesh? 5 Jul 2016

A fatal terrorist attack in the Bangladeshi capital at the weekend has left the country's key garment industry in turmoil, with buyers rethinking travel plans and potential economic fallout for a sector reliant on foreign investment.


Cost biggest barrier to Bangladesh RMG remediation 21 Jun 2016

High interest rates, a lack of financial literacy and an unwillingness among factory managers are proving to be the main barriers to obtaining remediation financing in Bangladesh's Ready Made Garment (RMG) sector, a new study has shown. 


First figures show Bangladesh exports climb 26 Apr 2016

Bangladesh's garments exports have continued to grow at a steady pace despite the country's image taking a hit following the Tazreen and Rana Plaza disasters – with the EU, Canada and the US all increasing imports in the last year.


Bangladesh still needs reforms to fix factories 25 Apr 2016

Efforts to improve worker and building safety in Bangladesh's ready-made garment industry have brought tangible progress over the three years since the Rana Plaza factory collapse – but it is also clear that essential reforms are still needed and that the pace of remediation must accelerate. 

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Court charges 38 with murder over Rana Plaza 19 Jul 2016

A Bangladesh court has formally charged 38 people, including Rana Plaza owner Sohel Rana and his parents, with murder connected to the 2013 collapse of the building that killed 1,135 garment workers.


Bangladesh denied US GSP re-entry on worker rights 18 Jul 2016

Bangladesh has been denied re-entry into the US Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) trade programme for a third year, despite the country's insistence it has made progress in boosting worker rights and improving workplace safety.


Bangladesh structural audits show "worrying" trend 14 Jul 2016

Progress in improving the structural safety of apparel supply chains in Bangladesh remains slow, with more than half of structural audits in the second quarter requiring action, inspection results show.


Second Bangladesh attack renews safety fears 8 Jul 2016

Fears have been renewed once more over safety in Bangladesh after a second attack in less than a week resulted in the death of four people, including two police officers. 


Tazreen Claims body disbands after paying $2.17m 7 Jul 2016

The body set up to compensate the victims of the Tazreen Fashions fire in Bangladesh is to disband after completing payments to injured workers and families of the deceased and missing.


Bangladesh workers win compensation over closures 5 Jul 2016

More than 7,000 workers from three Bangladesh garment factories have succeeded in securing compensation after the premises closed due to structural faults and a relocation. 


Bangladesh denim event to double in size 27 Jun 2016

An upcoming event showcasing the entire denim supply chain in Bangladesh and beyond is set to double in size this year with 100 exhibitors expected to descend on Dhaka in November.


Bangladesh factories urged to pay Eid bonus 27 Jun 2016

A row has broken out over the payment of the Eid bonus and salary to ready-made garment (RMG) workers in Bangladesh in line with the deadline set by the government.


Alliance cuts ties with three more factories 23 Jun 2016

The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety has suspended the operations of a further three factories for failing to make progress in addressing identified safety concerns. 


Union busting leaves Bangladesh workers vulnerable 23 Jun 2016

A global union used the recent International Labour Conference in Geneva to suggest aggressive union busting by management has led to a reduced number of active unions and is leaving workers in Bangladesh with little or no protection against employers.

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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.