Bangladesh: Latest apparel and textile news & analysis
More than 220 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.
Indirect sourcing, the key to Bangladesh’s high-volume, low-cost model of garment production, is exposing factory workers to safety violations and labour rights abuses, a new report suggests.
At the Dhaka Apparel Summit last year, Bangladesh set the goal of doubling apparel exports to US$50bn by the country's 50th anniversary in 2021. How will this target be achieved? Maher Anjum, sustainable sourcing and supply chain consultant, and Dr Lynne Hammond, fashion business consultant, believe the industry's investment in more sustainable factory environments has an important part to play.
With new facilities opening in Bangladesh and Vietnam, an investment to take automation to the next level, and an eye on Africa, Hong Kong based manufacturing giant Epic Group is also on a relentless efficiency drive. Chairman and CEO Ranjan Mahtani tells just-style why constant evolution is key.
Market diversification, worker and factory safety, and ensuring a steady supply of skilled workers are all challenges Bangladesh's garment industry needs to overcome if it is to achieve its goal of doubling exports to $50bn by 2021. But in the short term, Bangladesh will need to address the country's safety issues if it wants to continue attracting buyers.
Leading Bangladesh-based apparel manufacturer AKH Group has opened a flagship eco-friendly garment factory that has been certified by the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) building accreditation scheme.
A fire that broke out at a garment factory in Bangladesh that was supposedly "on track" with remedial action highlights the race against time to make Bangladesh's garment factories safe, according to one industry trade union.
Swedish apparel retailer H&M has joined forces with conservation and environmental advocacy group WWF to publish two investigative reports supporting strong action on water and good water governance in Bangladesh.
Labour rights groups say they are "disturbed" after a fire that broke out yesterday (2 February) at a Bangladesh garment factory supplying fashion retailers H&M and JC Penney that was "on track" with remedial action following an inspection by the US-based Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety.
Progress in improving worker rights and factory safety in Bangladesh's ready-made garment continues to frustrate stakeholders in the EU-led Sustainability Compact, with many key issues remaining "priority areas" despite repeated attempts to push for change.
Turkish fashion brand LC Waikiki has set up a new quality management system at its Bangladesh garment suppliers that it says is proactive, rather than reactive, in responding to health and safety issues.
The Bangladesh garment industry says it has made visible progress on labour and safety issues, despite criticism this week from unions that much still needs to be done.
Much still remains to be done by the Bangladesh government if it is to comply with the EU Sustainability Compact made in the wake of the Rana Plaza building collapse, unions have said.
The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh has terminated business relations with Dhaka-based Prominent Apparels after it failed to implement workplace safety measures.
The Central Bank of Bangladesh has set up a Green Transformation Fund (GTF) to help drive sustainable growth in the export-oriented textile and leather sectors.
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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