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Who has signed the new Bangladesh '2018 Accord' – Update 21 Feb 2018

Almost half of the 220 companies who signed the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh have now committed to the new agreement set to come into effect when the current programme expires in May. Here we list the signatories so far.

Bangladesh manufacturers making inroads into lingerie 16 Jan 2018

Lured by a shifting global market and better margins, Bangladesh's apparel producers are rushing into the lingerie space – predicting Chinese manufacturers will secure fewer export orders for these lines as their costs rise.

How Bangladesh RMG exports were hit by Brexit vote 2 Nov 2017

The UK's decision to leave the European Union (EU) impacted Bangladesh's garment exports last year – but the South Asian country is confident it can pull back growth and retain its competitiveness.

A tale of three countries – Vietnam, India, Bangladesh 14 Jul 2017

Things are no longer going well for Bangladesh when it comes to US garment imports, writes David Birnbaum, as he takes a closer look at why the country has been left behind as its competitors have moved forward. 

The Flanarant – Factory safety isn't the biggest risk to Bangladesh workers 13 Jul 2017

The death of 13 people following a boiler explosion earlier this month at the Multifabs factory in Bangladesh's Gazipur district makes many of us wonder why the country's garment making sector still seems so tragically unsafe, writes Mike Flanagan. While spectacular advances have been in garment factory safety over the past four years, they have not been matched by improvements in other threats to Bangladeshi workers' lives.

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Union signatories urge brands to sign '2018 Accord' 22 Feb 2018

With 100 days until the current Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety expires, global union signatories are calling on apparel brands and retailers to continue their involvement to create a safe and sustainable garment industry in Bangladesh and to sign its successor.

Just 7% of Bangladesh Accord factories fully remediated 16 Feb 2018

Many major life-threatening safety concerns still remain outstanding in too many of the factories being monitored by the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, according to its latest update.

US$20m loan to help fund Bangladesh garment sector 13 Feb 2018

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has signed a US$20m agreement with Eastern Bank Ltd (EBL) to support the development of Bangladesh’s textile and garment sectors and help fill a financing gap in the local financial market.

Bangladesh unions want garment wages to triple 2 Feb 2018

Bangladesh labour rights groups are pressing for increased pay after the government set up a wage board last month to recommend fresh wages for the country’s 4m apparel workers.

More signatories required to prevent "weakened" Accord 24 Jan 2018

Global investors are calling on brands to re-commit to the Bangladesh Accord for Fire and Building Safety amid warnings a "weakened" Accord may endanger critical investments made as part of the 2013 agreement and potentially encourage Bangladeshi garment factories to return to their former practices.

Record settlement reached in Bangladesh Accord arbitration 22 Jan 2018

A settlement of US$2.3m has been reached in an arbitration case filed in 2016 against a leading multi-national fashion brand for non-compliance with the Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety.

Bangladesh sets up new wage board for RMG sector 15 Jan 2018

The Bangladesh Government has formed a new wage board that will recommend a minimum salary for workers in the country's garment industry following recent labour unrest and calls for the implementation of a more transparent and regular wage review mechanism.

Bangladesh Alliance remediates 54 more factories 8 Jan 2018

The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety says that during the month of December, a further 54 Alliance-affiliated factories completed all material components outlined in their Corrective Action Plans (CAPs), bringing the total number of CAP-completing factories to 301.

Safety committees reach 840 Bangladesh Accord factories 2 Jan 2018

The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh has detailed progress with its Safety Committee Training Program, despite recently admitting major life-threatening safety concerns remain outstanding in too many of the factories it monitors.

Settlement reached in Bangladesh Accord arbitration 15 Dec 2017

A partial settlement has been reached in an arbitration case filed last year against two "leading" fashion brands for non-compliance with the Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety.

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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.