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Bangladesh Alliance preparing 2018 transition plan 7 Oct 2016

The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety says it is working on a plan to hand over responsibility for its affiliated garment factories to the country's government in 2018, and has revealed around 63% of remediation work has been completed to date.

Fair prices the way forward in Bangladesh 6 Oct 2016

Bangladesh's apparel makers have invested heavily in improving factory safety since the 2013 Rana Plaza disaster, but global buyers are still failing to pay fair prices and following non-transparent purchasing practices, a conference in Dhaka has heard.

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.

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Bangladesh garment workers rally for higher wages 17 Oct 2016

Bangladesh’s National Garment Workers Federation (NGWF) has kicked off a new campaign calling for higher wages for the country’s garment workers.

Bangladesh Alliance cuts ties with seven factories 13 Oct 2016

The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety has suspended the operations of a further seven garment factories for failing to provide evidence of their remediation progress.

Bangladesh safety training targets 800,000 workers 10 Oct 2016

A new occupational safety and health training programme has launched in Bangladesh aimed at educating around 800,000 ready-made garment (RMG) workers in 585 factories by June of next year.

Bangladesh sets new rules to access "green" funds 7 Oct 2016

The Central Bank of Bangladesh has set out rules for its Green Transformation Fund (GTF) that requires authorised dealers to sign a participation agreement in order to receive the benefits of the fund. 

Bangladesh plans collaborative sourcing course 7 Oct 2016

A consortium involving major Bangladeshi and international partners is to build and finance a training course on collaborative sourcing aimed at apparel buyers and suppliers.

VF Corp joins Bangladesh cleaner textile pact 6 Oct 2016

US apparel giant VF Corp has partnered with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to help build the long-term competitiveness and sustainability of the textile wet processing sector in Bangladesh.

GOTS to host first seminar in Bangladesh 6 Oct 2016

The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is hosting its first seminar in Bangladesh next month, addressing the challenges and opportunities in organic textiles for the country’s textile industry.

Danish project on Bangladesh garment productivity 3 Oct 2016

Bangladesh ready-made garment exporters have teamed up with a number of Danish textile and fashion associations in a bid to improve productivity and address ongoing social and environmental challenges in the country's clothing industry. 

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. 

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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.