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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.

Bangladesh '2018 Accord' promises new worker protections 29 Jun 2017

Primark, Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) and Inditex are among the first to join a raft of major apparel brands and unions in signing a new and improved Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety that will run to 2021 and promises to offer new worker protections and ensure more factories are inspected and renovated.

Bangladesh Accord – New phase should protect unions 11 May 2017

Apparel companies involved in a widely hailed effort to protect garment workers in Bangladesh factories from harm need to take another step to make sure the gains are sustainable. Making that happen depends in large part on workers' ability to organise and to call out dangerous conditions without fear of being beaten or fired, says Aruna Kashyap, senior counsel for the women's rights division of Human Rights Watch. 

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Bangladesh Accord admits major safety concerns remain 17 Nov 2017

The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh says major life-threatening safety concerns remain outstanding in too many of the factories it monitors – although it hopes the vast majority will be fully remediated when its initial tenure comes to an end in May 2018.

Bangladesh Alliance in talks over new safety organisation 16 Nov 2017

With just six months to go before the curtain falls on the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, country director Jim Moriarty tells just-style he is "pretty confident" the group will finish the vast majority of remediation across its affiliated factories in 2018 and says "steady headway" is being made to create a new safety organisation in Bangladesh.

World Bank invests $457m in Bangladesh garment sector 13 Nov 2017

The Government of Bangladesh has signed two financing agreements totalling US$457m with the World Bank to help develop private sector-led infrastructure projects, as well as diversify exports in labour-intensive industries such as leather goods and footwear.

Jeanologia develops 'Made in Bangladesh' line 13 Nov 2017

As part of its mission to create an ethical, eco-efficient and sustainable industry, Spanish sustainable technology firm Jeanologia has developed a new sustainable fashion collection it says is completely manufactured in Bangladesh.

DBL Group to plough $1.2bn into economic zone 9 Nov 2017

Bangladesh textiles and apparels major DBL Group is pressing ahead with a plan to build a dedicated industrial zone in Moulvibazar, within the north-east of the country, sinking as much as US$1.2bn into the project by 2021.

Bangladesh apparel makers feel pain as gas shortage bites 8 Nov 2017

Bangladesh's apparel makers have been facing one of the country's worst bouts of gas shortages, which has disrupted production in 350 units in Dhaka and its vicinity, with no immediate let-up in sight.

Accord clarifies role in Bangladesh beyond 2018 27 Oct 2017

The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh has clarified its future role in working to improve fire and building safety at ready-made garment factories after it reaches the end of its five-year tenure in May 2018.

Bangladesh Accord and Alliance to end tenures next year 23 Oct 2017

The Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety and The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety are to end their tenure next June and hand over their responsibilities to a new government-led initiative, if remediation is properly completed.

Bangladesh Accord in limbo on high court ruling 19 Oct 2017

Bangladesh's High Court is understood to have halted the implementation of a second term of the Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety due to its tenure being extended without the Government's approval.

EU again urged to probe Bangladesh labour law failings 19 Oct 2017

Unions are piling pressure on the European Commission to make good on its promise to launch a probe into Bangladesh after the country's government failed to make vital reforms to ensure its garment industry complies with core international labour standards.

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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.