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Looming Accord closure a risk to Bangladesh sourcing 22 Nov 2018

A crash in slow motion – it's the only way one can describe the looming economic fallout should Bangladesh refuse to extend the Accord on Fire and Building Safety. In just one week's time the Bangladesh Government may force this landmark agreement to stop operating out of Dhaka: a disaster for apparel workers' safety in an industry scarred by tragedy.

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.

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Global trade unions call for Bangladesh Accord to continue 5 Dec 2018

More than 200 global trade union leaders have shown their unanimous support for the Bangladesh Transition Accord, days before a hearing that will decide the fate of the factory building and safety initiative.

Bangladesh Accord future in doubt as hearing postponed 30 Nov 2018

The Bangladesh High Court has postponed its hearing over the future of the Transition Accord in a move that leaves the alliance’s future in doubt for another week.

Bangladesh factory safety under "threat" as Accord end nears 26 Nov 2018

The Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) says the progress reached on fire safety by the Bangladesh Accord is under "severe threat" if it closes at the end of the month, and has called on the Government to lift the restraining order.

Bangladesh benefiting from US-China trade spat 23 Nov 2018

The ongoing trade spat between the US and China has benefited Bangladesh’s readymade export industry, with orders increasing from both China and the US, a new study has revealed.

European Parliament calls for Bangladesh Accord to continue 16 Nov 2018

The European Parliament yesterday (15 November) passed a resolution urging the Bangladesh Government to allow the work of the Transition Accord on Fire and Building Safety to continue beyond November this year.

Bangladesh wage board finalises proposal, despite objections 7 Nov 2018

The wage board for Bangladesh’s readymade garment sector has finalised its proposed minimum monthly wage, despite objections from trade unions and factory owners.

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.

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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.