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Cellphone surveys add to supply chain insight 28 Oct 2016

A helpline set up to monitor conditions in Bangladesh's garment factories by encouraging workers to report abuses using their mobile phones has received a total of 92,416 calls since its launch two years ago. But while the initiative is giving retailers and brands more insight into what's really going on in their supply chains, technology alone is not the solution.

Bangladesh Alliance preparing 2018 transition plan 7 Oct 2016

The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety says it is working on a plan to hand over responsibility for its affiliated garment factories to the country's government in 2018, and has revealed around 63% of remediation work has been completed to date.

Fair prices the way forward in Bangladesh 6 Oct 2016

Bangladesh's apparel makers have invested heavily in improving factory safety since the 2013 Rana Plaza disaster, but global buyers are still failing to pay fair prices and following non-transparent purchasing practices, a conference in Dhaka has heard.

Bangladesh "business as usual" despite safety fear 2 Sep 2016

Bangladesh's garment exporters have reiterated that business continues as usual in the country, despite tightening security following recent terrorist attacks in the country and wider fears of a long-term impact on the sector.

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.

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Bangladesh government steps in on labour crackdown 24 Feb 2017

The Bangladesh government has responded to pressure over its crackdown on labour activists after a number of global brands and retailers pulled out of this week's Dhaka Apparel Summit in protest.

Bangladesh calls for duty-free access to US 23 Feb 2017

The Bangladesh apparel industry is calling for duty-free access to the US for its ready made garments manufactured from cotton imported from America.

Inditex and H&M boycott Dhaka Apparel Summit 23 Feb 2017

A cohort of leading apparel companies, including Spanish clothing giant Inditex, have withdrawn from the Dhaka Apparel Summit, organised by the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA).

Bangladesh crackdown has cost garment sector $100m 21 Feb 2017

The crackdown on Bangladesh labour activists has cost the country's garment industry around US$100m, its trade body says, as well as growing international concern regarding the treatment of garment workers.

Bangladesh clean textile pact prepares phase two 17 Feb 2017

The Bangladesh Water PaCT (Partnership for Cleaner Textile) initiative is preparing to launch the second phase of the programme, expanding its focus to the whole value chain, as it revealed its achievements to date.

Bangladesh "high threat" for terrorist activity 16 Feb 2017

The US Government has assessed the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka as a "high threat" location for terrorist activity, heightening safety fears for foreign garment buyers visiting the country.

Calls to end Bangladesh labour activist crackdown 16 Feb 2017

A slew of protests will be held over the next 48 hours to express the growing international concern regarding the treatment of garment workers, trade union leaders and worker activists in Bangladesh.

Natural Denims inks collective wage agreement 16 Feb 2017

Bangladesh union representatives have signed a collective agreement with H&M and Inditex supplier Natural Denims Ltd for the first time, entitling workers to an annual wage increase, sick leave and a bonus scheme. 

Bangladesh summit puts spotlight on sustainability 15 Feb 2017

Bangladesh is set to host an international apparel summit later this month aimed at opening dialogue on strategies to secure a more sustainable apparel supply chain from both a local and global perspective.

Bangladesh in breach of EU trade benefits? 3 Feb 2017

Unions are calling on the European Union (EU) to launch an investigation into Bangladesh’s continuing eligibility for trade preferences under the EU’s GSP regime following a series of crackdowns on 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.