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Who has signed the Bangladesh safety accord? 27 Jul 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 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).


Momentum builds for Better Work Bangladesh 14 Jul 2015

The Better Work programme in Bangladesh is gathering momentum, with 75 factories representing almost 150,000 workers joining the initiative since November last year.


Accord and IFC offer $50m in factory safety loans 14 Jul 2015

The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh has agreed a deal with the International Finance Corporation to provide $50m of loans for garment factory safety improvements.


Labour groups seek transparency on audit reports 8 Jul 2015

Labour rights groups are urging an overhaul of the approach to inspection reports on factory safety and working conditions, arguing that industry certificates are “more for show than safety.”


Bangladesh Alliance and IFC offer credit facility 8 Jul 2015

The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety has brokered what it says is a first-of-its-kind agreement with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to help the country's garment suppliers finance factory repairs.


Bangladesh apparel exports miss target 8 Jul 2015

Bangladesh apparel exports increased in its last fiscal year, but missed the country's target, new figures have revealed.


Accord "concerned" at delays in remediation 29 Jun 2015

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.

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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.