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Who has signed the Bangladesh safety accord? 30 Oct 2014

More than 180 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 last year.


Government delays weigh on Bangladesh reforms 28 Oct 2014

The over-riding message from a review last week to look at ongoing efforts to improve worker rights and factory safety in Bangladesh's ready-made garment and knitwear industry seems to be that "a lot of work still remains to be done."


Alliance and Accord urged to harmonise efforts 19 Sep 2014

A review of the work carried out so far by the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety says the group has made "significant and laudable progress" over the past 12 months - but pulls no punches when it comes to the many challenges that still lie ahead.


Alliance members buy more products from Bangladesh 23 Jul 2014

The group of North American brands and retailers - including Wal-Mart Stores, Gap Inc and VF Corporation - working to improve safety in Bangladesh's ready-made garment factories appears to be sourcing more products from the country as efforts to upgrade the industry take hold. But one year on, progress is "far from over", with the total cost likely to be in the region of $150m and take 12-18 another months to complete.


Bangladesh factory inspection beset by differences 16 Jun 2014

A growing list of differences appears to be breaking out between groups working to improve factory and building safety for garment workers in Bangladesh.

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Workers call for reopening of Hameen Sportswear 31 Oct 2014

Cambodia's National Garment Workers Federation (NGWF) is calling for the Hameen Sportswear factory in Bangladesh to re-open after 400 workers were laid off when it closed earlier this month.


US hails Bangladesh factory progress 30 Oct 2014

The US government has welcomed the progress made by Bangladesh in addressing concerns over worker safety in the country’s garment factories.


More reform needed in Bangladesh apparel sector 23 Oct 2014

More work is needed to reform Bangladesh's apparel industry if the country's exports are to grow, a report has found.


Bangladesh taps factory inspectors ahead of review 20 Oct 2014

The Bangladesh government says it is moving ahead with the recruitment of an additional 200 factory inspectors as a key European meeting took place today (20 October) to review the country's progress in improving labour rights, working conditions and factory safety.


Coats to open new zip factory in Bangladesh 20 Oct 2014

Industrial thread major Coats Plc is planning to open a new state-of-the-art zips factory in Bangladesh to meet growing demand from global brands and retailers sourcing apparel and footwear in the country.


Fire and safety events to converge on Bangladesh 17 Oct 2014

Several events are set to converge on the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka in December, including the Second International Trade Expo for Building and Fire Safety.


Rise in Bangladesh unions calls for cooperation 17 Oct 2014

The "dramatic" increase in the number of new trade unions in Bangladesh's ready-made garment industry over the last 18 months has also led to calls for greater trust between workers and employers.


H&M calls for annual wage reviews in Bangladesh 15 Oct 2014

The chief executive of H&M, Karl-Johan Persson, has highlighted the need for annual wage revisions in Bangladesh in line with local price inflation.


Accord inspections completed on schedule 14 Oct 2014

The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh has completed its initial round of inspections of more than 1,100 Accord factories, identifying more than 80,000 safety issues in the process.


Rana Plaza Trust Fund pays first compensation 8 Oct 2014

The first round of compensation payments to the victims of the Rana Plaza building collapse, including the families and dependents of those who were killed in the tragedy.

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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.