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.
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.
The group of North American brands and retailers working to improve safety in Bangladesh's ready-made garment factories continued to make progress in their second year. But challenges remain in remediation and financing, and more work is needed if the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety is to leave a legacy of safer factories in 2018.
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.
Spanish department store retailer El Corte Inglés and international development organisation BRAC have made "significant" donations into the Tazreen compensation fund, three days after the third anniversary of the factory fire that killed 112 workers.
The new Centre of Excellence for Bangladesh Apparel Industry (CEBAI), which provides training for the country's apparel workers, has been accredited as a Registered Training Organization (RTO).
A multi-stakeholder trust set up to oversee claims and collect funding to make payments to the families of the 112 workers killed and those injured in a fire at the Tazreen Fashions factory in Bangladesh has been created three years after the tragedy in 2012.
Capacity development training on effective workplace cooperation for Bangladesh garment workers has launched as part of a collaboration between the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Bangladesh Institute of Management (BIM).
The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh has cut business relations with Chittagong-based garment supplier Sadaf Fashions after it refused to implement workplace safety measures.
Bangladesh has said that over 80% of its ready-made garment factories have been found to be safe following inspections for structural, fire and electrical safety, with emphasis now switching to remediation.
Bangladesh’s major knitwear manufacturers have scaled up their consumption of organic cotton fibre, meeting increasing demand from global buyers.
An upcoming event showcasing the entire denim supply chain in Bangladesh and beyond will focus specifically on environmental sustainability, including eco-friendly wet processing techniques, when it takes place next month.
International and regional trade, especially with South Asian and East Asian neighbours, is critical for Bangladesh to create more jobs for its 2m youths entering the labour force every year, a new study suggests.
Surging export growth from Southeast Asia is coming at the expense of China, according to a new analysis of audits carried out in the region – which also shows factory compliance in Bangladesh is improving, but remains a work in progress.
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.
- Why China 5-year plan won't change garment-making
- ‘Fixing Fashion’ one stitch at a time
- Five ways to tackle market and demand volatility
- Freeing up working capital in the supply chain
- Hungary offers a mix of strengths and weaknesses
- German sustainable textile scheme heads to Vietnam
- US Q3 in brief: Burlington Stores, Guess, Chico's
- Golden Lady creates a new man-made fibre
- 3D tool uses product data to shake up shopping
- Uniqlo under fire again for China worker abuses
- Wearable technology: The future market potential for smart garments and e-textiles
- Practical Brand Sourcing Strategy
- Statistics: Trends in Global and Regional Man-made Fibre Production - 2015
- Myanmar's Garment Sector in 2015 - now with updated members' directory
- Trade and Trade Policy: The World’s Leading Clothing Exporters and Key Markets 2015