Bangladesh: Latest apparel and textile news & analysis
Bangladesh's garments exports have continued to grow at a steady pace despite the country's image taking a hit following the Tazreen and Rana Plaza disasters – with the EU, Canada and the US all increasing imports in the last year.
Efforts to improve worker and building safety in Bangladesh's ready-made garment industry have brought tangible progress over the three years since the Rana Plaza factory collapse – but it is also clear that essential reforms are still needed and that the pace of remediation must accelerate.
Just days before the third anniversary of the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh, just-style looks at the changes that have been made to improve worker and building safety within the country's ready-made garment industry. While progress has undoubtedly been made, questions remain about the speed of remediation if all parties involved are to leave their legacy of safer factories in 2018.
The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety says it hopes its suspension of factories for lack of progress on remediation will be a final wake-up call to owners to step up their efforts as the third anniversary of Rana Plaza nears.
With Bangladesh aiming to double its apparel exports over the next five years, the importance of maintaining secure and quality cotton imports from its top supplier India has been underlined at an international conference staged in Dhaka.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has signed a US$30m long-term loan agreement with Bangladesh's BRAC Bank to help finance the construction and upgrade of factories in the country's ready-made garment industry.
There are still too many unacceptable delays in the remediation work being carried out in Bangladesh's garment industry, unions have said, as the anniversary of the Rana Plaza disaster nears.
Global sports brand Puma has launched a new programme to provide low cost loans to help its overseas suppliers in emerging markets improve their environmental performance.
Bangladesh is taking steps to upgrade security screening procedures and equipment at Dhaka International Airport after the British government last month imposed a ban on air cargo from the country.
The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh has cut ties with ten more suppliers after they failed to implement workplace safety measures.
Two of Bangladesh's leading textile and clothing producers have been awarded the STeP by Oeko-Tex certificate for sustainable production.
Bangladesh garment manufacturer M&J Group has implemented a new sustainability tool at its facility in Dhaka that measures resource consumption in production, as part of a raft of new environmental innovations.
The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) is urging the government to ensure the UK’s temporary ban on air cargo directly from Dhaka to the country is lifted to avoid any impact on garment exports.
At its first stakeholder and buyers forum, Better Work Bangladesh has discussed the future direction of the programme, which is designed to improve working conditions in the country's ready-made garment industry.
Bangladesh garment manufacturer Shore to Shore Textiles, a supplier to H&M, M&S and Next Plc, is tapping the network of cloud-based supply chain platform GT Nexus to obtain access to capital to fund its business and improve performance.
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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