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Bangladesh guidelines on garment subcontracting

19 July 2019 | AZM Anas

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.... read more

Bangladesh leather sector lags on health and safety

19 June 2019 | AZM Anas

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.... read more

Green factories help Bangladesh get an edge over rivals

11 March 2019 | AZM Anas

The Rana Plaza tragedy pushed Bangladesh’s US$30bn clothing industry into making health and safety improvements to reassure brands they would not be tarnished by similar disasters – and now the industry is going a step further by seeking to establish a reputation for environmental excellence.... read more

Bangladesh RMG workers reject latest wage proposal

19 July 2018 | AZM Anas

Bangladesh's garment owners and trade unions are far apart in the fraught ongoing minimum wage negotiations, proposing pay floors that are widely divergent.... read more

Bangladesh sets safety deadline for hundreds of garment units

2 July 2018 | AZM Anas

The Bangladesh government could shut down more than 750 apparel factories if the units fail to complete safety improvement work by December this year, according to the country’s junior labour and employment minister, Mujibul Haque.... read more

Bangladesh Alliance brand group’s mandate renewed

18 June 2018 | AZM Anas

The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety has also received a renewed mandate to carry on its health and safety work.... read more

Bangladesh eases trade union formation rules

30 May 2018 | AZM Anas

Bangladesh has eased regulations for forming trade unions at garment factories in what appears to be a bid to appease the International Labour Organization (ILO).... read more

Accord’s stay in Bangladesh embroiled in legal tangle

29 May 2018 | AZM Anas

The right of the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh to continue working in the country has been thrown into renewed uncertainty after the high court extended an injunction preventing the government from prolonging its operations.... read more

Bangladesh a role model for health and safety progress

25 April 2018 | AZM Anas

Five years after the Rana Plaza disaster, Bangladesh’s apparel industry has undergone expansive structural transformation and become a role model for health and safety progress, industry-insiders and trade unionists say.... read more

Bangladesh unions again urge tripling of garment wages

26 February 2018 | AZM Anas

Bangladesh’s trade unions are again pushing for what they call "rational" minimum wages for workers in the country’s US$28bn garment industry – demanding a tripling in rates.... read more

Doubts over BGMEA Bangladesh factory safety platform plans

7 September 2017 | AZM Anas

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.... read more

Fair prices the way forward in Bangladesh

6 October 2016 | AZM Anas

Bangladesh's apparel makers have invested heavily in improving factory safety since the 2013 Rana Plaza disaster, but global buyers are still failing to pay fair prices and following non-transparent purchasing practices, a conference in Dhaka has heard.... read more

Bangladesh knitters claim worker database is on track

1 June 2016 | AZM Anas

Bangladesh's knitwear makers have told just-style they are on track to establish a workers' database by a government deadline of 15 June, despite delays.... read more

Bangladesh knitwear makers go organic as demand rises

2 November 2015 | AZM Anas

Bangladesh’s major knitwear manufacturers have scaled up their consumption of organic cotton fibre, meeting increasing demand from global buyers.... read more

Bangladesh execs say labour reform supports US GSP

6 October 2015 | AZM Anas

As the US government reviews its trade benefits regime this month, Bangladesh's garment industry and labour leaders have argued that the country deserves to regain GSP (Generalized System of Preferences) status.... read more

New Bangladesh labour rules draw union criticism

5 October 2015 | AZM Anas

The roll-out of new labour rules in Bangladesh has been welcomed by US and European Union (EU) diplomats, but reactions from union bosses and worker rights activists have been tepid.... read more

Sustainability: Bangladesh courts buyers with sustainable production

3 July 2015 | AZM Anas

Deadly accidents such as the Rana Plaza disaster may have earned the Bangladesh textile and clothing sector notoriety, but there is a new generation of firms trying to erase that spot on the industry’s reputation.... read more

BANGLADESH: Rising export sales clipped by safety issues

13 May 2014 | AZM Anas

Bangladesh clothing producers who follow good labour standards and comply with good social responsibility practice have seen orders increase in recent months, according to a local buying intermediary group.... read more

Factory safety: Bangladesh battles to meet requirements

2 May 2014 | AZM Anas

Bangladesh's clothing and textile industry is struggling to meet safety requirements as factory inspections by North American and European retail groups gather pace.... read more

BANGLADESH: Clothing exporters optimistic about growth

19 March 2014 | AZM Anas

Bangladesh's apparel and textile exports are continuing to grow despite the recent political unrest and workplace safety concerns among global buyers, according to the country's exporters.... read more

Is Bangladesh unrest forcing garment buyers to flee?

20 December 2013 | AZM Anas

Bangladesh's garment makers could face a drought of summer 2014 orders as western retailers have begun fleeing the South Asian nation after recent political violence and a physical attack on Spanish buyers.... read more

BANGLADESH: Hopes more factory inspectors will placate US

8 August 2013 | AZM Anas

The senior official at Bangladesh's labour and employment ministry has told just-style he hopes the government's recruitment of an additional 200 factory inspectors will hasten the planned inspection of 5,600 apparel units. ... read more