Blog: Leonie BarrieBangladesh safety progress painfully slow

Leonie Barrie | 17 February 2014

Close to a year after the Rana Plaza disaster, progress on improving worker safety and labour rights in Bangladesh has been painfully slow - but who is responsible for the delays?

The US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations last week heard that progress has been insufficient to justify a reinstatement of the Generalised System of Preference (GSP) benefits. And the testimonies show that much more needs to be done to comply with an action plan laid out by the US last year.

In a separate interview with just-style, Jeff Krilla, president and CEO of the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, talks about the group's work so far to improve safety for the country's garment workers. 

For all the talk about the impact of safety issues on Bangladesh's garment exports, official figures show the state of play when it came to US apparel sourcing last year.  And the picture they paint shows supply options continue to be dominated by China, Vietnam and yes, Bangladesh.

Turkey's clothing industry, meanwhile, is anticipating stronger export growth in 2014, despite growing concerns within the sector about increasing pressure on price from European retailers.

But with international expansion, improved customer service and multi-channel among the top three investment areas for UK retailers, there is going to be increased pressure on supply chains to deliver in all these areas.

More than 50 UK retailers, suppliers, charities and recyclers are supporting a new government-backed sustainability drive to cut the environmental impact of clothing throughout its life cycle. Tesco, Marks & Spencer and Next are among the signatories, who between them represent 40% of the UK clothing market.

And Primark has become the latest retailer to commit to the elimination of hazardous chemicals from all its products and across its production processes by 2020.

Over in the US, men's apparel and footwear business Jos A Bank Clothiers has acquired outdoor wear brand Eddie Bauer from private equity firm Golden Gate Capital in a deal worth US$825m.

BLOG

Busana Apparel on an expansion drive

Busana Apparel Group, Indonesia's largest woven apparel exporter, is on a drive to expand its domestic capacity, has set up its first factory in Ethiopia, is exploring opportunities in Vietnam, and ey...

BLOG

Act now to keep receiving just-style newsletters

You may have noticed a red alert bar at the top of just-style’s weekly and daily newsletters asking you to “Act now to keep receiving the just-style newsletter.” ...

BLOG

Apparel imports into the US rose in June

Apparel imports into the US rose in June as merchants stocked up for summer and prepared for the back-to-school season, with imports from Vietnam continuing to surge....

NEWS

Nearly half of Kohl's stores to be "operationally smaller" by 2017

As part of its efforts to enhance store profitability and improve customer experience, US department store retailer Kohl's will continue its efforts to "rightsize" its stores and says by the end of 20...

BLOG

US retailers under pressure to grow sales as mall traffic slows

Under Armour is to close stores and cut jobs – around 2% of the company's global workforce – as part of new plans to build a stronger and smarter company with faster go-to-market speed and greater dig...

just-style homepage



Forgot your password?