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Supplier crisis shows why retailer bankruptcy laws need reform 5 May 2020

In recent weeks a number of global retailers have found themselves in deep waters financially. But when a retailer is declared bankrupt, it has a detrimental knock-on effect on its supplier factories.

5 ways to overhaul the apparel supply chain for the future 28 Apr 2020

The lessons learned from the current coronavirus pandemic must lead to a complete overhaul of the global fashion supply chain if the industry is to be sustainable into the future.

How brands are tracking labour and safety violations 24 Apr 2020

Seven years after the deadly Rana Plaza factory building collapse in Bangladesh, research suggests that while there has been progress in factory safety, there have also been deteriorations in labour rights and the abuse of female ready-made garment (RMG) factory workers. Here we explore how brands and retailers can ensure workers in factories overseas are being treated fairly – and how predictive analytics can help manage social and labour compliance.

Apparel industry payment terms no longer fit for purpose 20 Apr 2020

The current global Covid-19 crisis has placed severe strain upon the apparel industry supply chain, with garment manufacturers and related ancillary industries feeling the financial effects of the global collapse in clothing retail. The crisis has also thrown into sharp focus the inadequacies of the existing system of supplier payment terms.

Can the fractured supplier-buyer relationship be repaired? 6 Apr 2020

Clothing retailers and brands around the world face dwindling sales, store closures and mounting stock inventory due to the coronavirus pandemic. In Bangladesh, millions of dollars worth of clothing orders have been cancelled and some factories are just a step away from shutting down their operations. But what happens when it all blows over? Can the fractured buyer-supplier relationship – until now based significantly on trust – be repaired?

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Digital map shows Bangladesh factory closures since pandemic 3 Aug 2020

A digital mapping technology that tracks the development of readymade garment factories in Bangladesh has revealed 9% of facilities surveyed have permanently closed following the Covid-19 pandemic.

Lost Stock partners with charity, swap initiatives to reduce waste 29 Jul 2020

Lost Stock, a UK-initiative launched to support garment workers impacted by Covid-19 in Bangladesh, has made a number of new national charity and clothes swap partnerships to encourage its customers to reduce waste.

Lost Stock answers criticism over ethics of clothing venture 14 Jul 2020

Lost Stock, an initiative offering consumers the chance to purchase clothing from cancelled apparel orders from Bangladesh, has responded to criticism that questions the ethics of its operation.

Bangladesh books 18% slide in FY apparel exports 10 Jul 2020

Bangladesh has booked an 18.12% fall in readymade garment exports in the year to June 2020.

H&M Foundation to support female garment workers in Bangladesh 10 Jul 2020

H&M Foundation is to donate SEK12m (US$1.3m) to help young women and their families in and around Dhaka with emergency relief from the Covid-19 pandemic as part of a long-term project to support female garment workers in Bangladesh.

BGMEA Covid-19 field hospital to treat garment workers 9 Jul 2020

The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has opened a 50-bed Covid-19 field hospital in Chattogram to provide free medical treatment to garment workers infected with coronavirus.

Bangladesh highlights Covid's "devastating" impact on RMG sector 8 Jul 2020

The Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, has said the Covid-19 pandemic has had a "devastating impact" on the country's readymade garment (RMG) sector and expressed concern over the growing level of job losses on the economy. 

Covid safety hub launched for Bangladesh RMG sector 2 Jul 2020

The International Labour Organization (ILO) has partnered with the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters' Association (BGMEA) and the Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters' Association (BKMEA) to launch a virtual training package aimed at preparing and maintaining safer working conditions for garment workers in the South Asian country both during and post-pandemic.

Bangladesh named one of worst countries for workers 25 Jun 2020

Bangladesh has been named as one of the worst countries for working people in 2020, according to a new survey.

Help for garment factories in Asia to navigate pandemic 23 Jun 2020

A series of six action-oriented guides has been developed to help garment factories in Asia navigate the Covid-19 pandemic and to build business resilience.

Latest blogs

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.