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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Beyond Bangladesh: The need for responsible purchasing practices in supply chains is a global issue

Beyond Bangladesh: The need for responsible purchasing practices in supply chains is a global issue

New research by the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the Ethical Trading Initiatives (ETI) confirms the Center’s research into the purchasing practices of international clothing brands and retailers and their detrimental affect working conditions in supplier factories. Now, findings and shows that these practices are not unique to Bangladesh.

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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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Mapping the Landscape of Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives – Few MSIs Are Equipped to Address Governance Gaps

Mapping the Landscape of Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives – Few MSIs Are Equipped to Address Governance Gaps

Over the past 30 years of globalization, it has become increasingly evident that, in many parts of the world, local governments are either unwilling or unable to protect their own people or the planet. As a result, governments, companies and civil society groups have formed a series of Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives (MSIs) to address environmental and human rights challenges. A review of them reveals that only few MSIs are equipped to address governance gaps

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Evolving Paths of Business and Human Rights – A Snapshot of the Second Business and Human Rights Research Summit

Building on the successful outcome of the 2016 event, the Second Business and Human Rights Young Researchers Summit took place on 6-8th April in St Gallen, Switzerland. New participants, new contributions, yet the same drive: setting up an interdisciplinary discussion among a group of emerging scholars in the business and human rights discipline.

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Endangered Species: Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives in the Trump Administration

Endangered Species: Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives in the Trump Administration

In times of regulatory rollback, limited resources, and an ever-growing list of corporate human rights abuses, fine-tuning our understanding of private governance mechanisms is more important than ever. How can the experiment of regulation through MSIs be safeguarded from a premature death in a politically hostile environment? 

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Governance innovations to develop practical solutions for business and human rights challenges

Governance innovations to develop practical solutions for business and human rights challenges

Every crisis that involves business – may it be a factory collapse, an oil spill, or new technologies with unforeseen implications - shows us the limits of regulatory state power. These incidences ask for a reflection on how to redefine governance in the context of a global economy with multinational corporations that are oftentimes more powerful than governments. 

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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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