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Combatting endemic challenges to overhaul factory safety 10 Oct 2018

The Bangladesh experience represents a model for what factory safety reform might look like in other low-resource contexts. But now is a critical time to ensure there is no backsliding that could threaten the incredible progress made so far, writes Kathleen Almand, vice president of research, data and analytics at the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

Who has signed the Bangladesh Transition Accord – Update 20 Sep 2018

192 companies have now signed the '2018 Accord' or 'Transition Accord' Bangladesh worker safety pact – with Holland House Fashion and ICA Sweden among the latest to commit. Here we list the signatories so far.

DBL embraces digital focus to turbocharge its business – Interview 10 Jul 2018

The digital integration of Bangladesh’s booming textiles and garment sector is gaining pace, with ‘Industry 4.0’ becoming a watchword for increased competitiveness. One company taking such technological development very seriously is Dhaka-based DBL Group, which has targeted digital efficiencies to turbocharge its business growth – as managing director MA Jabbar explains.

How buying from Bangladesh can help boost wages 27 Apr 2018

In spite of the country's advances since 2013, Bangladesh's minimum wage is still just $64 a month. Mike Flanagan asks why, and suggests that buying more from Bangladesh would be in the interests of US brands and retailers.

Bangladesh feels sourcing squeeze amid safety gains 26 Apr 2018

Despite dramatic gains in building safety in Bangladesh since the Rana Plaza disaster, the violation of workers' rights has increased and the squeeze on suppliers has intensified, a new report has found.

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Bangladesh Q1 garment exports rise 15% to US$8.2bn 17 Oct 2018

Bangladesh's exports of ready-made garments have risen more than 14.5% year-on-year to US$8.19bn for the quarter to September.

Call for Bangladesh national injury insurance scheme 9 Oct 2018

The Clean Clothes Campaign has called on the Government of Bangladesh to create a national employment injury insurance scheme for the country’s garment workers on the five-year anniversary of the Aswad factory fire.

Bangladesh unions call for immediate wage review 2 Oct 2018

A group of unions in Bangladesh have called for an immediate review of the new minimum wage, saying it fails to meet workers’ expectations, with a demand the new rate be doubled.

Brands urged to appeal against "outrageous" Bangladesh wage 24 Sep 2018

Campaigners have expressed outrage at the Bangladesh Government's decision to raise the minimum worker wage by 51% to BDT8000 (US$95) per month - half what the IndustriALL Bangladesh Council (IBC) had been seeking - and are now calling on brands to step in.

Bangladesh urged to smarten up logistics to attract trade 19 Sep 2018

The Bangladesh government is being urged to improve the country's logistical efficiency – in particular connectivity to ports and roads – if it hopes to capitalise on new domestic and international trade opportunities.

Investors call for continuation of the Bangladesh Accord 17 Sep 2018

A group of 153 investors representing US$2.8 trillion in assets has warned against the premature termination of the Bangladesh Accord for Fire and Building Safety – saying that lingering risks in the country’s garment factories threaten workers, brands and investors.

Bangladesh textiles bill hopes to boost RMG investment 17 Sep 2018

The Bangladesh Parliament has passed a textiles bill which it says is planned to promote investment in the country's readymade garments sector.  

Bangladesh garment worker wages to increase by 51% 14 Sep 2018

The Bangladesh Government has increased the minimum wage for garment workers by 51% following months of negotiations.

Bangladesh Alliance remediation progress reaches 91% 13 Sep 2018

The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety says that since the month of July, a further 36 affiliated factories completed all material components outlined in their Corrective Action Plans (CAPs).

Bangladesh RMG union representation still has "way to go" 4 Sep 2018

The establishment of workers’ rights in Bangladesh’s readymade garment sector has a long way to go, despite improvements since the Rana Plaza collapse, a new survey suggests.

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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.