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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.

Global Organic Textile Standard plans second Bangladesh seminar 12 Jul 2019

The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) will host its second seminar in Bangladesh this autumn to update brands, exporters, certifiers, chemical industry, and other significant stakeholders on the country's organic textile value chain.

Bangladesh leather sector lags on health and safety 19 Jun 2019

With decent working conditions eluding Bangladesh's booming leather industry, an advocacy group has suggested forming a tripartite body involving the government, manufacturers and unions to help improve the sector's health and environmental safety standards.

Bangladesh reports rise in garment exports to May 13 Jun 2019

Exports of ready-made garments from Bangladesh have jumped 12.82% year-on-year for the 10 months to May.

Rana Plaza six years on – A time for reflection 24 Apr 2019

On the sixth anniversary of the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh, just-style has taken a step-by-step look at the changes that have been made to improve worker and building safety within the country's ready-made garment industry.  

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Bangladesh gas price hike sparks fear among manufacturers 16 Jul 2019

A swingeing 32.8% hike in the average price of natural gas in Bangladesh from 1 July has stoked anger among clothing and textile manufacturers, producers and trade unions, raising concern it could damage the competitiveness of their US$34bn industry. 

New Gap project to boost social dialogue in Bangladesh 16 Jul 2019

US speciality apparel retailer Gap Inc has launched a three-year initiative to strengthen social dialogue and industrial relations in all factories that it sources from in Bangladesh.

BGMEA joins Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action 15 Jul 2019

The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers & Exporters Association (BGMEA), the trade body for the country’s export-oriented apparel manufacturers, has joined the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action.

The world’s 10 worst countries for workers 10 Jul 2019

An annual survey of violations of human and trade union rights ranks key apparel-producing nations including Bangladesh, Cambodia, Colombia, Guatemala, the Philippines and Turkey among the ten worst countries in the world for worker rights.

Fire breaks out in Bangladesh cotton spinning mill 8 Jul 2019

A fire has broken out at a cotton spinning mill in Bangladesh, the third of its kind in less than six months.

Bangladesh garment workers closer to digital wage payment 5 Jul 2019

Garment workers in Bangladesh are one step closer to receiving their wages digitally following the signing of a new agreement between the country's government and the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA).

Investors urge Accord transition to operate on same principles 6 Jun 2019

The Bangladesh Investor Initiative, a unit of 250 investors that is part of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR), has urged the new Ready-Made Garment (RMG) Sustainability Council — which takes over from the Accord at the end of its tenure — to ensure it is working on the same principles and criteria as the Accord in order to guarantee worker safety.

Bangladesh Accord releases quarterly progress update 29 May 2019

The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh has issued its quarterly aggregate report and says it is committed to accelerating the pace of remediation at factories that are too far behind schedule. 

US group raises concerns over Bangladesh worker issues 28 May 2019

A group representing US apparel retailers, brands and importers has written to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh to warn that growth in the country’s ready-made garment industry is threatened by the government’s response to this year’s minimum wage protests and a wavering commitment to the future of worker safety.

Bangladesh 9-month RMG exports up 12.59% 21 May 2019

Bangladesh's ready made garment (RMG) sector saw exports increase 12.59% in the nine months from July to April 2019 compared to the year earlier, new figures show.

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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.