Bangladesh: Latest apparel and textile news & analysis
Bangladesh's garments exports have continued to grow at a steady pace despite the country's image taking a hit following the Tazreen and Rana Plaza disasters – with the EU, Canada and the US all increasing imports in the last year.
Efforts to improve worker and building safety in Bangladesh's ready-made garment industry have brought tangible progress over the three years since the Rana Plaza factory collapse – but it is also clear that essential reforms are still needed and that the pace of remediation must accelerate.
Just days before the third anniversary of the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh, just-style looks at the changes that have been made to improve worker and building safety within the country's ready-made garment industry. While progress has undoubtedly been made, questions remain about the speed of remediation if all parties involved are to leave their legacy of safer factories in 2018.
The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety says it hopes its suspension of factories for lack of progress on remediation will be a final wake-up call to owners to step up their efforts as the third anniversary of Rana Plaza nears.
With Bangladesh aiming to double its apparel exports over the next five years, the importance of maintaining secure and quality cotton imports from its top supplier India has been underlined at an international conference staged in Dhaka.
The International Labour Organization (ILO) and International Organization for Migration (IOM) are to work more closely together in Bangladesh on the issues of migration and labour rights.
The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh has cut ties with five more ready-made garment suppliers after they failed to implement workplace safety measures – with one fraudulently falsifying concrete strength test results.
As part of its ongoing efforts to improve the safety of garment-ready (RMG) factories in Bangladesh, the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety says its executive director James Moriarty will take on more responsibilities as its new country director.
Bangladesh's garment industry needs policy support from the government if it is to sustain growth and reach its export targets, the country's apparel sector body has said.
An initiative aimed at garment manufacturers who want to "go that extra mile" to support the rights of children, working parents and young workers has been launched in Bangladesh.
Labour rights groups are once again calling on Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) to quicken the pace on Bangladesh supplier factory remediation work as the Swedish fashion retailer prepares to hold its annual general meeting.
A three-year initiative was launched in Bangladesh at the weekend to support decent work for Bangladeshi migrant workers, and those returning to the country.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has signed a US$30m long-term loan agreement with Bangladesh's BRAC Bank to help finance the construction and upgrade of factories in the country's ready-made garment industry.
There are still too many unacceptable delays in the remediation work being carried out in Bangladesh's garment industry, unions have said, as the anniversary of the Rana Plaza disaster nears.
Global sports brand Puma has launched a new programme to provide low cost loans to help its overseas suppliers in emerging markets improve their environmental performance.
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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