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Let’s salute Bangladesh’s progress since Rana Plaza 24 Apr 2018

Five years ago, the Rana Plaza catastrophe made Bangladesh notorious – and turned our industry into a pariah. Today, our reaction to the catastrophe has helped Bangladesh become a beacon for how poor countries can pull themselves out of poverty and, in the process, transform human rights and gender equality. All through clothing exports to the West. You will probably never again help achieve anything so extraordinary.

Rana Plaza five years on – A time for reflection 24 Apr 2018

As the global garment industry stops to reflect on the tragic events that took place in Bangladesh exactly five years ago today (24 April), it is also a time to consider what has changed, what hasn't – and what still needs to be done. Here we share the views of a number of industry executives and stakeholders on progress so far.

Rana Plaza five years on – Timeline of change 24 Apr 2018

On the fourth anniversary of the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh, just-style looks at the changes that have been made to improve worker and building safety within the country's ready-made garment industry. While progress has undoubtedly been made, questions remain about the speed of remediation if all parties involved are to leave their legacy of safer factories in 2018.

The 24 April ritual – Rana Plaza’s unfinished legacy 24 Apr 2018

Every year on 24 April, I browse through a poignant online memorial for garment workers who died in 2013 in the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh. The website is a collection of national IDs, passport-size and other photos—a man posing with a phone, a woman against a backdrop of flowers, and appointment letters of workers. It's a strong reminder of the human cost of negligence in the garment sector.

Who has signed the new Bangladesh '2018 Accord' – Update 24 Apr 2018

On the fifth anniversary of the tragic events that took place in Bangladesh exactly five years ago today (24 April), more than two-thirds 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 next month. UK clothing retailers Fat Face and Next Plc, British department store group Debenhams, and Japan's Fast Retailing are among the latest to sign, taking the total to 152. Here we list the signatories so far.

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H&M progresses on Bangladesh worker representation 20 Apr 2018

Swedish fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) says 450,000 textile workers at 227 of its Bangladesh factories are now represented by a democratically-elected representative.

US$1.2bn cost to complete Bangladesh factory remediation 19 Apr 2018

The cost to remediate the remaining dangerous conditions in Bangladesh's ready-made garment industry is estimated at US$1.2bn, a new report suggests, as the call for funding and a collective commitment to finish the work gets louder.

Week of action targets more Bangladesh Accord signatories 18 Apr 2018

Two labour rights groups have planned a week of action urging garment brands to sign up to the 2018 Bangladesh Accord ahead of the five year anniversary of the Rana Plaza disaster.

New programme tackles buying practices in Bangladesh 16 Apr 2018

Better Buying and the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) are to collaborate on an 18-month programme in Bangladesh to support and promote responsible buying practices within garment industry supply chains.

Bangladesh High Court puts new Accord on hold 12 Apr 2018

The Bangladesh Accord has reaffirmed its commitment to ensuring fire and building safety in the country’s ready-made garment factories amid reports the High Court has instructed the Government not to extend the body’s jurisdiction beyond 31 May.

Bangladesh Alliance steps closer to new safety organisation 11 Apr 2018

As the fifth anniversary of the Rana Plaza disaster nears, the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety says it is making progress towards a collective agreement on worker safety with member brands ready and willing to partner with the government to establish a new locally-led safety organisation.

Union resource centre launches for Bangladesh RMG sector 11 Apr 2018

A joint platform has launched aimed at helping trade unions build capacity in Bangladesh's readymade garment industry and provide better services to its members. 

Call for release of Bangladesh union leaders 9 Apr 2018

An international alliance has called for the release of seven Bangladesh trade unionists detained on the basis of what it says are false charges.

Bangladesh government under pressure over wages 6 Apr 2018

The Bangladesh Government has come under pressure again to ensure a decent wage for all of its workers, as well as revise its labour laws and "make haste" with the adoption of a national employment injury scheme.

World Bank invests $560m to improve Bangladesh sustainability 4 Apr 2018

The World Bank has approved funding for two projects in Bangladesh – amounting to around US$560m – which could benefit the nation's small and large textile facilities.

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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.