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Who has signed the Bangladesh safety accord? 24 Aug 2015

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.


When will Bangladesh take compliance seriously? 17 Jul 2015

Are Bangladesh’s garment factory owners about to destroy their extraordinary apparel success story? On the face of it, the question sounds absurd, writes Mike Flanagan. But neither the BGMEA nor the Bangladesh government have shown any real interest in developing a compliant garment industry.


Is garment compliance fundamentally flawed? 17 Jul 2015

Compliance in the global garment industry is fundamentally flawed, and has been from the beginning, according to industry expert David Birnbaum. In order to bring about change, he suggests, the industry must face up to these flaws, and work towards a single standard of compliance.


Frustrations come to the fore in Bangladesh 23 Jun 2015

Both the Alliance and Accord have long expressed their concerns at the Bangladesh government’s lack of engagement in the process of making garment factories safer and empowering workers. But recent comments from the country's finance minister appear to be pushing their frustrations to the fore.


Bangladesh factory safety progressing slowly 27 May 2015

Two years after the Accord for Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh was set up, the group says it could still take at least another 18 months before corrective action plans are completed for all factories.

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Bangladesh garment villages to help boost exports 21 Aug 2015

Bangladesh intends to establish special economic zones called ‘garment villages’ as a key part of its plans to ramp up garment manufacturing to reach a target of US$50bn in exports by 2021, the country's commerce minister Tofail Ahmed has told just-style.


Bangladesh compliance must not be compromised 21 Aug 2015

A Bangladesh advocacy group has called on the country's apparel sector to allocate additional margin for compliance to improve worker welfare and improve the sector's sustainability.


Bangladesh launches labour inspection training 17 Aug 2015

A training programme was launched today (17 August) that will see 160 Bangladeshi labour inspectors gain the skills needed to boost working conditions and worker safety in the country.


Bangladesh “roadmap” to boost apparel exports 10 Aug 2015

The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) is to hold an event later this year aimed at preparing a roadmap to fetch US$50bn in apparel exports by 2021.


Researchers urge more clarity on garment wages 6 Aug 2015

The total earnings of a garment worker in Bangladesh makes up just 0.6% of a EUR29 (US$32) product - prompting renewed calls for corporations to make sure every worker in their supply chain is paid a living wage.


Aman Graphics invests in material planning tool 6 Aug 2015

Bangladesh apparel manufacturer Aman Graphics and Designs has implemented ThreadSol's IntelloCut material planning solution to help reduce fabric waste.


Bangladesh workers rally for unpaid wages 23 Jul 2015

A sit-in protest by more than 1,000 workers at the Swan Garment and Swan Jeans factories in Bangladesh has entered its second week, as they seek payment of several months’ wages and bonuses following the “sudden and illegal closure” of the factories in April.


BGMEA director joins Alliance advisory board 23 Jul 2015

The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety has appointed Vidiya Amrit Khan, director of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) to its board of advisors.


BGMEA president resigns from Bangladesh Alliance 17 Jul 2015

The head of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), has resigned from the board of the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety amid growing tension between the two groups.


500 Bangladesh women trained in labour rights 15 Jul 2015

More than 500 women garment workers in Bangladesh have been trained over the last six months in organising skills and their labour rights through a Trades Union Congress (TUC) Aid programme with the National Garment Workers Federation (NGWF).

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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.