Bangladesh: Latest apparel and textile news & analysis
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.
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.
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.
There’s a huge gap in Bangladesh between two business philosophies: those with realistic profit expectations, and those who are obsessed with controlling costs. And recent events have highlighted just how wide this gulf is, according to Mike Flanagan.
Two years ago today (24 April), one of the world’s worst industrial disasters took place when the Rana Plaza factory complex in Bangladesh collapsed, killing 1,134 garment workers and injuring 2,378 more. The tragedy was undoubtedly a catalyst for change in the way the apparel industry looks at its responsibility towards the entire supply chain, but new concerns and frustrations are now coming to the fore for industry executives.
One of the groups working to improve building and worker safety in the Bangladesh ready-made garment industry has said it is "concerned" with delays in remediation at many of the factories that it has inspected.
Synchronising technology and process between brands and manufacturers can ensure a long-term, sustainable relationship that is more efficient and profitable for both, Lectra informed H&M suppliers in Bangladesh.
Government of Bangladesh efforts to inspect ready-made garment factories for structural, fire and electrical safety have reached the 1,000 mark.
Two global unions have slammed comments made by Bangladesh's finance minister criticising the Accord and describing it as “a noose around the neck of the garment industry”.
The Hirdaramani Group has become the first company in Bangladesh to invest in the IntelloCut material planning and optimisation software at its Kenpark and Regency Garments units.
The target amount of US$30m in funding to enable the Rana Plaza Coordination Committee to make full payments to all victims of the Bangladesh factory collapse has now been raised.
Bangladesh will set up its largest ready-made garment industrial park at Gazariain Munshiganj within the next three years, it has been revealed.
Police in Bangladesh have charged the owner of the Rana Plaza complex with murder, for killing more than 1,100 workers, and filed charges against 41 others for their roles in the building collapse.
A Bangladesh garment factory that caught fire at the weekend was listed as needing an automatic sprinkler system installed.
A major push got underway this week to ensure up to 800,000 workers in the Bangladesh ready-made garment industry gain practical skills on how to reduce workplace accidents.
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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