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Bangladesh "business as usual" despite safety fear 2 Sep 2016

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.

How much do global garment workers really earn? 11 Aug 2016

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.

Bangladesh must face up to new industry threats 8 Aug 2016

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.

Alliance brands "staying the course" in Bangladesh 15 Jul 2016

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.

Terrorist attack "a tipping point" for Bangladesh? 5 Jul 2016

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.

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New Bangladesh labour inspection strategy underway 29 Sep 2016

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 latest to ratify WTO trade deal 29 Sep 2016

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. 

New checklist to help Bangladesh labour inspection 22 Sep 2016

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 calls for US duty-free apparel access 21 Sep 2016

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 must look beyond garments to diversify 16 Sep 2016

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.

Workshops planned to boost Bangladesh denim skills 15 Sep 2016

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.

Bangladesh factory fire highlights safety concerns 12 Sep 2016

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.

Bangladesh Accord cuts ties with four suppliers 12 Sep 2016

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).

Alliance cuts ties with four more factories 8 Sep 2016

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.

Union urges Habib Fashions to reopen factory 8 Sep 2016

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.

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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.