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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. 

Bangladesh remediation "a moving target", despite progress 9 May 2017

Just a little over four years after the Bangladesh Rana Plaza building collapse that killed more than 1,100 workers, key participants in the global garment supply chain met in New York City to assess progress in protecting garment worker safety, and brainstorm steps to ensuring future progress.

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Calls for a consistent approach to worker compensation 25 Sep 2017

Apparel brands have an obligation to to provide compensation as part of due diligence within their supply chains, an international alliance has said, after six people were killed in a textile mill fire in Bangladesh last week.

Six killed in latest fire at Bangladesh textile mill 22 Sep 2017

Six people have reportedly been killed after a blaze broke out at a textile mill in Bangladesh this week.

Building on standard operating procedures in Bangladesh 21 Sep 2017

A workshop in Bangladesh has outlined the importance of standard operating procedures (SOPs) relating to unfair labour practices and trade union registrations.

Size of Bangladesh RMG industry still hard to assess 14 Sep 2017

Plans to digitally map Bangladesh's ready-made garment factories have again highlighted discrepancies in the number of facilities that exist in the country, as well as the potential risk of subcontracting.

More apparel brands urged to sign new Bangladesh Accord 13 Sep 2017

Global unions are calling on more apparel brands to join the likes of Primark, Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) and Inditex in signing a new and improved 2018 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 Alliance fully remediates 46 more factories 13 Sep 2017

The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety says that during the month of August, a further 46 Alliance-affiliated factories completed all material components outlined in their Corrective Action Plans (CAPs), bringing the total number of CAP-completing factories to 166 – just one-quarter of its current active factories.

DB Tex Bangladesh ramps up screen printing output 13 Sep 2017

DB Tex, the fabric printing unit of Bangladesh apparel manufacturing giant DBL Group, is ramping up garment and textile printing output at its Gazipur facility.

Doubts over BGMEA Bangladesh factory safety platform plans 7 Sep 2017

Bangladesh's apparel makers are pressing ahead with establishing a separate factory inspection and remediation body, which would operate after existing international health and safety initiatives expire in 2018.

Bangladesh Alliance will not extend beyond 2018 1 Sep 2017

The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety says it is confident it can achieve its goal of establishing effective factory safety and worker power initiatives by 2018, at which point the group says it will not extend its tenure.

Viyellatex secures $46m loan for new spinning mill 31 Aug 2017

Bangladesh based apparel exporter Viyellatex Group has secured a US$46m loan to expand its spinning operations.

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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.