Bangladesh: Latest apparel and textile news & analysis
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.
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.
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.
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.
An injury insurance scheme for Bangladeshi garment workers has been set up as part of a collaboration between the government, the International Labour Organization (ILO), and Germany.
As the US government reviews its trade benefits regime this month, Bangladesh's garment industry and labour leaders have argued that the country deserves to regain GSP (Generalized System of Preferences) status.
The roll-out of new labour rules in Bangladesh has been welcomed by US and European Union (EU) diplomats, but reactions from union bosses and worker rights activists have been tepid.
Bangladesh’s diversified manufacturing conglomerate the Deshbandhu Group is to set up the country’s first major polyester staple fibre (PSF) plant, following robust demand for the key raw material.
Fashion retailer H&M has been criticised by labour rights groups for potentially endangering hundreds of workers at its supplier factories Bangladesh because they have fallen behind on fire and building safety repairs.
The US Agency for International Development's (USAID) has signed two credit guarantee facilities to provide up to US$22m in financing to small- and medium-sized garment suppliers in Bangladesh for factory upgrades and safety improvements.
Swedish fashion retailer Hennes and Mauritz (H&M) says it will be able to make a "hands-on" contribution to a new US$5.4m initiative to enhance workplace rights and industrial relations in Bangladesh, thanks to its experience in the country's apparel and textile sector.
A new US$5.4m initiative to enhance workplace rights and industrial relations in the Bangladesh ready-made garment sector has been agreed in the margins of the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York.
The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has finally confirmed the make-up of its new committee after several missed deadlines.
Bangladesh has launched a new skills training programme for the country's apparel industry workers and those wanting to enter it.
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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