Bangladesh: Latest apparel and textile news & analysis
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.
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.
In late June and early July, Bangladesh's garment industry was hit by a number of new long-term threats. But the industry's leaders appear unaware of the real severity these threats posed to their viability, writes Mike Flanagan.
The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety says it will stay the course in the south Asian country despite two recent terrorist attacks – and that apparel brands and retailers remain committed to sourcing garments there.
A fatal terrorist attack in the Bangladeshi capital at the weekend has left the country's key garment industry in turmoil, with buyers rethinking travel plans and potential economic fallout for a sector reliant on foreign investment.
The development of Bangladesh's first ever labour inspection strategy took a step forward today (29 September) following the start of a consultation process on the contents of a draft.
Bangladesh has become the latest country to ratify the World Trade Organization's (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) in yet another sign of support for the landmark global deal.
A new inspection checklist developed to collect information on Bangladesh ready-made garment factories marks another major step towards building a modern and transparent labour inspectorate in the country.
Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has again called on the United States to extend duty and quota-free access to its apparel exports, suggesting the move would help build a larger and more empowered workforce, and support the fight against extremism and terrorism.
Bangladesh's strength as a low-cost producer of ready-made garments is also a weakness, new research says, limiting innovation and the country's ability to link to the global fashion industry value chain. It also means that if this cost advantage were to change, Bangladesh would not currently be diversified enough to compensate with other exports.
A series of workshops and seminars is being planned in Bangladesh to help develop the skills of local denim designers and developers in the world’s second largest manufacturer of denim products.
Labour rights groups are calling for garment factory safety initiatives to be extended to cover boiler safety, after at least 31 people died when a boiler exploded at a packaging facility in Bangladesh.
The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh has severed ties with four more ready-made garment suppliers after they failed to implement workplace safety measures – with one failing to submit a Corrective Action Plan (CAP).
The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety has suspended the operations of a further four garment factories for failing to provide evidence of their remediation progress.
The Habib Fashions garment factory in Bangladesh is being urged to reopen, after claims it tried to block the registration of a trade union at the factory and subsequently shut down.
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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