The Future of Factory Safety in Bangladesh

The Future of Factory Safety in Bangladesh

Four years after the 2013 Rana Plaza factory collapse, the two largest programs dedicated to garment factory safety in Bangladesh are nearing their end. As the Accord and Alliance get ready to leave, the NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights recognizes that there is still much work to be done in Bangladesh. There is also a new opportunity for locally led efforts to make real change.

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Determining the True Cost of Remediating Bangladesh's RMG Sector

Determining the True Cost of Remediating Bangladesh's RMG Sector

The IFC/ILO concluded that as of June 2016, the remaining funding gap of the total cost of remediating Bangladesh’s apparel industry is 448 million USD. While this estimate draws valuable attention to the magnitude of the financing gap, new research by the NYU Stern Center finds that this estimate is far too low.

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Assessing the true size of the garment industry in Bangladesh and why it matters

Assessing the true size of the garment industry in Bangladesh and why it matters

A recently released follow-up study from the BRAC University’s Centre for Entrepreneurship Development in Dhaka, confirms the NYU Stern Center’s findings. Using a similar methodology that combines analysis of several online databases and field research the BRAC University Center found over 8,000 garment factories in Bangladesh.

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Making the Bangladesh Garment Sector Safe and Sustainable: Setting the Future Agenda

Making the Bangladesh Garment Sector Safe and Sustainable: Setting the Future Agenda

The three year extension of the Bangladesh Accord for Fire and Building Safety (“Accord”) is good news. As members of the Accord develop plans for the next four years they should pay special attention to the need for shared responsibility, local partners and subcontracting facilities. 

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Four Years After Rana Plaza, New Research Brief Spotlights Lagging Progress on Workplace Safety

Four Years After Rana Plaza, New Research Brief Spotlights Lagging Progress on Workplace Safety

Monday, April 24 marks the fourth anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory tragedy in Dhaka, Bangladesh. More than 1,100 people were killed and more than 2,500 injured when the eight-story factory complex collapsed. The Accord and Alliance programs have one year left in their collective efforts to make the Bangladeshi garment industry safe and sustainable. What have they have achieved to date and what remains to be done? 

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New data on the number of factories in Bangladesh

New data on the number of factories in Bangladesh

A quiet story has been breaking in the Bangladeshi press over the last month about the number of factories producing for the garment sector. New data on factories released by the BGMEA has added to this dialogue. Sarah contextualizes the important role data and transparency play in protecting all workers in the supply chain.  

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Three years after Rana Plaza – Is Bangladesh’s garment sector now safe and sustainable?

Three years after Rana Plaza – Is Bangladesh’s garment sector now safe and sustainable?

As the third anniversary of Rana Plaza approaches the time is ripe to assess what has been achieved in Bangladesh and what issues still need to be addressed to reach the declared objective of a safe and sustainable garment sector.

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