27th March 2017
EU warns Bangladesh of duty free suspension over labour rights
The European Union was reported on March 23 to have warned Bangladesh of suspending duty-free access unless Bangladesh makes progress in the implementing worker rights. The European Commission's Directorates General...
28th April 2015
Precedents look weak for Bangladesh lawsuits against buyers
Lawsuits announced in late April against apparel buyers over factory disasters now mean cases have been attempted in five different countries. But the likelihood of success still looks weak. On...
12th March 2015
Bangladesh inspection updates: “black hole” of uninspected factories – but improved prospects for factory income
March Bangladesh Accord and Alliance progress summaries report some encouraging innovations about improving factory income. But local reports have uncovered a disturbing "black hole" in the country's inspection programme. On finance...
31st January 2015
Bangladesh factory owners fight to keep foreign investors out “because they pay too much”
The vice-president of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) insisted on January 30 that Bangladesh should keep its ban on unrestricted foreign investment because foreigners "had paid excess wages...
17th January 2015
“Bangladesh has a lot to do before we can even consider restoring GSP”: US Government
Bangladesh's garment industry must make further progress in a number of areas, including "serious worker rights issues", factory inspections and ending worker harassment, before the US can consider reinstatement of...
12th January 2015
Bangladesh garment making on “brink of total collapse” after transport blockades.
Bangladesh's garment industry is on "the brink of a total collapse" said BGMEA President Atiqul Islam on January 12 after a week of destructive infighting between then country's politicians. As its...
2nd January 2015
Bangladesh garment trade association provides data indicating annual productivity up 16.5%
After a year of near-endless partial information manipulated to support a political agenda, the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) issued data about its industry's underlying performance on December 27 indicating...
8th December 2014
First VF-guaranteed loans to Bangladesh garment factories as Walmart with other Accord and Alliance members “looking at” similar packages
VF and World Bank subsidiary the International Finance Corporation (IFC) announced on December 8 the first three VF-guaranteed low-interest loans for upgrading Bangladesh garment factories. On December 5 Walmart was...
7th December 2014
BGMEA claims to support Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals
The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) claimed to be an improbable pioneer of cutting-edge environmentalism on December 7 when it reportedly claimed to have "taken a series of...
2nd December 2014
Transparency International getting closer to Garment Industry Transparency Initiative in Bangladesh and Burma
Transparency International (TI) moved a step closer to a Garment Industry Transparency Initiative (GITI) on November 30 when Iftekharuzzaman, its Bangladesh executive director announced plans for a 2015 pilot in Bangladesh...
2nd December 2014
US adds Bangladeshi garments and Cambodian textiles to “forced and child labour” list
The US Department of Labor (DoL) on December 1 added Bangladeshi garments and Cambodian textiles to its to a list of goods that may be made with forced or child labour. The...