Bangladesh: Latest apparel and textile news & analysis
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.
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.
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'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.
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.
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.
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'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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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..
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.
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.
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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