Bangladesh: Latest apparel and textile news & analysis
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.
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.
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.
Just days before the third anniversary of the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh, just-style looks at the changes that have been made to improve worker and building safety within the country's ready-made garment industry. While progress has undoubtedly been made, questions remain about the speed of remediation if all parties involved are to leave their legacy of safer factories in 2018.
The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety says it hopes its suspension of factories for lack of progress on remediation will be a final wake-up call to owners to step up their efforts as the third anniversary of Rana Plaza nears.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bangladeshi company Matin Spinning Mills Ltd has been named ‘International Textile Firm of the Year’ at the World Textile Awards, sponsored by The Textile Institute.
Bangladesh's logistics infrastructure could receive a much-needed boost thanks to US$360m in funding from The World Bank to overhaul the country's rivers, ports and canals.
The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh has urged an acceleration of the remediation work being carried out in the country's ready-made garment industry following four factory fires over the last month.
The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety says another two apparel factories have been fully remediated, bringing the total number of completions to 28, but behind its target for April end.
Bangladesh's apparel and textile industry has urged the country's government not to raise the tax deducted at source in the clothing sector arguing it could have a negative impact.
The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh has cut ties with another ready-made garment supplier after it refused to temporarily evacuate the factory building.
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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