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Green factories help Bangladesh get an edge over rivals 11 Mar 2019

The Rana Plaza tragedy pushed Bangladesh’s US$30bn clothing industry into making health and safety improvements to reassure brands they would not be tarnished by similar disasters – and now the industry is going a step further by seeking to establish a reputation for environmental excellence.

Looming Accord closure a risk to Bangladesh sourcing 22 Nov 2018

A crash in slow motion – it's the only way one can describe the looming economic fallout should Bangladesh refuse to extend the Accord on Fire and Building Safety. In just one week's time the Bangladesh Government may force this landmark agreement to stop operating out of Dhaka: a disaster for apparel workers' safety in an industry scarred by tragedy.

Combatting endemic challenges to overhaul factory safety 10 Oct 2018

The Bangladesh experience represents a model for what factory safety reform might look like in other low-resource contexts. But now is a critical time to ensure there is no backsliding that could threaten the incredible progress made so far, writes Kathleen Almand, vice president of research, data and analytics at the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

Who has signed the Bangladesh Transition Accord – Update 20 Sep 2018

192 companies have now signed the '2018 Accord' or 'Transition Accord' Bangladesh worker safety pact – with Holland House Fashion and ICA Sweden among the latest to commit. Here we list the signatories so far.

DBL embraces digital focus to turbocharge its business – Interview 10 Jul 2018

The digital integration of Bangladesh’s booming textiles and garment sector is gaining pace, with ‘Industry 4.0’ becoming a watchword for increased competitiveness. One company taking such technological development very seriously is Dhaka-based DBL Group, which has targeted digital efficiencies to turbocharge its business growth – as managing director MA Jabbar explains.

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Bangladesh factories set for more female supervisors 11 Mar 2019

A new training scheme has been launched in Bangladesh as part of a wider bid to get more women into supervisory roles in the country's garment sector.

New Dystar Bangladesh lab provides end-to-end solutions 25 Feb 2019

Singapore-based dye manufacturer Dystar has opened a new testing laboratory in Bangladesh to support the industry in further reducing the use of harmful chemicals in the supply chain.

Bangladesh Accord ruling pushed back for sixth time 19 Feb 2019

A decision on the future of the Accord for Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh has been pushed back once again, with a hearing on the pact's continued operation now due to take place on 7 April.

Bangladesh factories dismiss workers after pay protests – Update 19 Feb 2019

A number of Bangladesh textile workers that are affiliated with trade unions have allegedly been imprisoned following protests over pay that broke out at the end of December.

Digital map of Bangladesh garment factories will facilitate sector growth 15 Feb 2019

A new digital map that charts Dhaka's garment factories, helping buyers know more about the suppliers they are involved with, will strengthen and facilitate the growth of Bangladesh's readymade garment industry, experts say.

Bangladesh Accord calls for talks on transition plan 15 Feb 2019

The Accord for Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh is calling on the country's government and the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) to negotiate with its steering committee on a "responsible and sustainable" transition plan as a decision on the Accord's future looms next week.

Investors renew calls for continuation of the Bangladesh Accord 14 Feb 2019

A group of 190 investors representing more than US$3trn in assets is urging the Bangladesh government not to abandon the Accord for Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh until it is fully capable of continuing its work to ensure the safety of the more than 1,600 factories and 2m garment workers currently covered by the Accord.

Denim Expert joins fight to tackle climate change 11 Feb 2019

Denim Expert Limited has become the latest company to join a new Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action with an initial goal of reducing aggregate greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030.

Labour groups plan protests over Bangladesh worker rights 29 Jan 2019

Labour activists and trade unionists say they are staging demonstrations at Bangladeshi embassies and consulates in cities around the world this week, calling for living wages, safe factories, and a halt to repression against the country’s garment workers.

Bangladesh proposes new wages for garment workers 15 Jan 2019

The Bangladesh government is to revise the minimum wages for some ready-made garment workers following eight days of widespread unrest – with workers warned they must return to work or risk losing pay.

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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.