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Factory owners must push 'Made in Bangladesh' transformation – Interview 19 Dec 2019

A fierce advocate of the Bangladesh apparel industry, Mostafiz Uddin, founder and CEO of the Bangladesh Denim Expo and the managing director of the Denim Expert factory, says the onus is on factory owners to talk about their successes, improvements and developments if the country is to retain custom and grow garment exports into the future.

From Field to Shelf – What price fast-fashion and the future of clothes? 17 Sep 2019

The harsh realities of the global business of textiles and apparel are set out in a new book 'Fashionopolis: The Price of Fast Fashion and the Future of Clothes.' Aimed at the general public, explains industry consultant Robert Antoshak, managing director at Olah Inc, the message for industry insiders is clear: clean up your act.

Bangladesh garment group's new boss has big agenda – Interview 30 Aug 2019

Months after taking the reins as president of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), businesswoman Dr Rubana Huq tells just-style of her priorities for the next two years – from factory safety, to exploring new markets, increasing sustainability, and promoting innovation in the world’s second largest clothing exporter.

Nirapon's vision for a safer apparel sector in Bangladesh – Interview 24 Jul 2019

Bangladesh's newest safety monitoring initiative, Nirapon, has come under fire since its launch earlier this year, with much of the criticism around its focus on monitoring rather than overseeing factory remediation, and the fact it doesn't name or shame non-compliant suppliers. But in a candid interview with just-style, CEO Moushumi Khan suggests getting supplier buy-in and encouraging them in the right way to be compliant is a key factor in increasing workplace safety in Bangladeshi garment factories. 

New Bangladesh guidelines on garment subcontracting 19 Jul 2019

A new guideline aimed at stemming unauthorised subcontracting in Bangladesh’s textile and clothing sector will help control its "unplanned" expansion – but at a risk of increased costs and lost jobs, industry owners warn.

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Bangladesh factories to track resource consumption with new tool 12 Feb 2020

A tool designed to monitor the use of resources such as water and energy in Bangladesh garment factories has been launched by the International Finance Corporation (IFC).

Bangladesh hits back at EU negative "labour narrative" 10 Feb 2020

The European Parliament has held a multi-stakeholder event aimed at creating a roadmap to ensure labour reforms, promotion of workplace safety and sustainability in Bangladesh's readymade garment industry.

Bangladesh Accord remediation progress at 2% last year 5 Feb 2020

Ready-made garment factories inspected under the Bangladesh Accord registered only 2% initial remediation progress last year, new figures show.

Bangladesh Apparel Exchange to focus on fashion innovation 4 Feb 2020

The upcoming edition of the Bangladesh Apparel Exchange (BAE) will focus on technological advances and product innovation in the fashion industry, organisers have confirmed.

New Bangladesh safety initiative takes next steps 15 Jan 2020

Details have been finalised on Bangladesh's incoming new workplace safety initiative, the national RMG Sustainability Council (RSC), which will eventually take over from the Bangladesh Accord's factory safety and remediation efforts.

Bangladesh books fall in 5-month garment exports 9 Jan 2020

The export of ready-made garments (RMG) from Bangladesh fell 7.74% to US$13bn in the five months to November, according to new figures from the Export Promotion Bureau.

Bangladesh Denim Expo launches scholarship programme 19 Dec 2019

Bangladesh Denim Expo is launching an apprenticeship programme aimed at developing the skills of the country's denim professionals.

Garment worker killed in Bangladesh factory blast – Update 16 Dec 2019

Bangladesh's Accord on Fire and Building Safety has identified critical structural and electrical damage following a fire at a sweater factory in Bangladesh that supplies major brands including Next and H&M

Bangladesh court rejects Nirapon bid to overturn ban 4 Dec 2019

Bangladesh's Supreme Court has reportedly rejected an appeal to overturn a ban on the inspection and training activities of Nirapon, the country's newest safety monitoring initiative, which it imposed last month.

Bangladesh urged to ratify child and forced labour treaties 28 Nov 2019

Government, employers and worker leaders gathered in Dhaka, Bangladesh, today (28 November), to discuss working conditions and employment, and to urge immediate ratification of legislation addressing minimum age working and forced labour.

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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.