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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.

Bangladesh must face up to new industry threats 8 Aug 2016

In late June and early July, Bangladesh's garment industry was hit by a number of new long-term threats. But the industry's leaders appear unaware of the real severity these threats posed to their viability, writes Mike Flanagan.

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. 

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China makes more Bangladesh products duty-free 24 Aug 2016

China is to extend duty-free benefits to 17 more products from Bangladesh, including garment items, in a bid to strengthen trade relations between the two countries. 

Bangladesh employment injury initiative underway 18 Aug 2016

More than three years after the Rana Plaza collapse, a group comprising government, employer and trade union representatives has been set up in Bangladesh to drive the development of an employment injury social protection scheme.

Australia eyes growing cotton demand in Bangladesh 15 Aug 2016

Australia is looking to position itself as a key supplier of cotton to Bangladesh, hoping to take advantage of forecasts that suggest imports of the raw materials are set to double within four years.

EU says sizeable effort still needed in Bangladesh 12 Aug 2016

There is a "pressing need" for further action by Bangladeshi authorities to improve labour conditions in the country's ready-made garment sector, says a new report from the European Commission – which adds that "sizeable efforts" are still required to ensure that real change takes place and is sustained over the long term.

Bangladesh Alliance axes eight more factories 10 Aug 2016

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

Bangladesh Tribal Peoples need employment support 10 Aug 2016

A pressing need exists to create more productive employment opportunities among Indigenous and Tribal Peoples (ITPs) in Bangladesh, a new survey has found. 

Bangladesh clean textile pact gets an extension 1 Aug 2016

The Bangladesh Water PaCT (Partnership for Cleaner Textile) initiative has been extended for a further year to help it meet its goals of reducing environmental and related social impacts of textile wet processing.

Ananta Group hits back at Bangladesh union claims 28 Jul 2016

A Bangladesh garment factory group has defended itself over union claims it had attempted to relocate workers, failed to make bonus payments and that one of its officers had "tortured" a pregnant worker.

97% of Accord member factories lag on remediation 27 Jul 2016

The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh has cut ties with another seven ready-made garment suppliers for failing to implement workplace safety measures – and admits that 97% of all factories used by its signatory companies are behind schedule on remediation.

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.

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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.