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Bangladesh Garment Industry

How Mobile Phones May Prevent the Next Rana Plaza Disaster

Kelsey Timmerman | Posted 04.28.2015 | Impact
Kelsey Timmerman

One moment Reshma Begum was sewing. The next she was falling from her station on the second floor into the basement of the Rana Plaza garment factory in Savar, Bangladesh.

Kim Bhasin

Ralph Lauren Under Fire For Refusing To Sign Worker Safety Pacts | Kim Bhasin | Posted 08.08.2014 | Business

NEW YORK -- Activists are rallying against the clothing company Ralph Lauren for its staunch refusal to sign an international agreement that seeks to...

Kim Bhasin

Nobody Knows, Cares Whether Your Clothes Are Made In Deadly Factories | Kim Bhasin | Posted 06.04.2014 | Business

You probably don't know who makes your clothes. The scary thing is, the retailer that sold them to you may not know, either. A yearlong study of fa...

An Open Letter to UNC President Ross and Chancellor Folt: Commit to the Bangladesh Safety Accord

Nadia Dawisha | Posted 07.11.2014 | Education
Nadia Dawisha

I am writing as a blogger and graduate student at UNC-Chapel Hill to express my concern about UNC's current unwillingness to join with other private a...

Revisiting Rana Plaza

Julie Flynn Badal | Posted 06.28.2014 | Impact
Julie Flynn Badal

Tears in the Fabric is a film that is not afraid to look grief squarely in the eye. And that is no small feat in a culture that can so easily go numb to the grim realities behind our consumption.

Bangladesh's Factory Collapse: A One-Year Retrospective

Benjamin Powell | Posted 06.23.2014 | Politics
Benjamin Powell

In response to the Bangladeshi factory collapse, many people called for increased safety standards in Bangladeshi garment factories. Although well-intended, these calls for increased regulation, if enacted and enforced, would have reduced the welfare of many of the nearly 4 million workers.

3 Lessons From the Biggest Industrial Disaster in Bangladesh

Adnan Mahmud | Posted 06.23.2014 | Impact
Adnan Mahmud

Disasters -- man-made or natural -- happen frequently. It is important that we figure out effective ways to engage the donor community, beyond just a mass media appeal.

Reading the Pictures: So You Missed the Photos of Bangladeshi Garment Workers Having a 'Gap/Walmart Bar-B-Que?'

Michael Shaw | Posted 03.16.2014 | World
Michael Shaw

2014-01-14-firepull.jpgPerhaps the invisibility of this story has to do with Western media's unspoken criteria for foreign news and, especially, photos.

12 Years a Slave -- In a Bangladesh Garment Factory?

Mary Anne Mercer | Posted 01.26.2014 | World
Mary Anne Mercer

I recently saw the new Steve McQueen film 12 Years a Slave. Gruesome and yet compelling, it tells the true story of a free black man in the mid-1800s...

Walmart's Problems In Bangladesh Widen

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 11.18.2013 | Business

NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart said about 10 of more than six dozen Bangladesh garment factories failed safety checks in audits it commissioned. The reta...

Why No One Is Celebrating This Minimum Wage Hike

AP | Posted 11.05.2013 | Business

DHAKA, Bangladesh -- DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A government-appointed panel in Bangladesh voted Monday to raise the minimum wage for millions of garm...

Minimum-Wage Hike Won't Appease Bangladeshi Workers

Michelle Chen | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Michelle Chen

Earlier this month, a group of workers at the Tuba Group garment factory in Bangladesh locked owner Delwar Hossain in his office and demanded that he pay the bonuses he'd promised them for the Eid al-Adha holiday.

Bangladesh Will Likely Raise Its Minimum Wage Soon

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business

By Shyamantha Asokan DHAKA, Oct 21 (Reuters) - Bangladesh's garment factory owners are pencilling in a minimum wage increase of about ...

Bangladesh Garment Factory Fire Kills At Least 10

AP | Posted 12.08.2013 | Business

DHAKA, Bangladesh — DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A fire Tuesday night at a garment factory outside Bangladesh's capital has killed at least 10 peo...

The True Cost

Andrew Morgan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Andrew Morgan

The eyes of the world are opening, and I believe history is giving us this moment to choose a better path forward.

Wage Wars: Bangladeshi Workers Reach a Boiling Point

Michelle Chen | Posted 11.27.2013 | World
Michelle Chen

Workers in Bangladesh have been perishing in tragic, preventable factory accidents for years. Now, in mass uprisings that portend both more violent la...

Police Fire Rubber Bullets As Bangladesh Factory Protests Escalate

AP | Posted 11.22.2013 | Business

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Police fired rubber bullets and tear gas Sunday to disperse thousands of garment workers who blocked streets outside Bangla...


Reuters | Posted 11.12.2013 | Business

* IndustriALL targets $74.6 mln fund for Rana Plaza * Victims of Tazreen fire in November also under discussion * Primar...

Dave Jamieson

How Did Old Navy Jeans End Up In A Factory Employing 12-Year-Olds? | Dave Jamieson | Posted 08.27.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Faced with footage of Bangladeshi girls as young as 12 working on jeans with "Old Navy" labels, Old Navy's parent company, Gap Inc., say...

One Child, Global Accountability

Laura Gutierrez | Posted 10.19.2013 | Impact
Laura Gutierrez

Injured workers, like Sumaya, who left Nischintapur soon after the fire were never accounted for. Many workers who are now developing symptoms either do not associate them with the fire, or are unable to prove it in order to obtain compensation.

Uniqlo Signs Bangladesh Safety Accord

Reuters | Posted 10.08.2013 | Business

TOKYO, Aug 8 (Reuters) - Fast Retailing Co Ltd, Asia's biggest retailer and operator of the Uniqlo clothing chain, said on Thursday it had signed a ...

Emran Hossain

Bangladesh Factory Collapse Victims Still Waiting For Compensation | Emran Hossain | Posted 08.06.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON -- After the Rana Plaza factory collapse killed 1,132 garment workers and injured more than 2,500 in April, the Bangladeshi government and ...

5 Reasons American Companies Refused To Sign Bangladesh Safety Accord

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 07.11.2013 | Business

Earlier this week Walmart, Gap and 15 other North American clothing companies were roundly criticized by labor groups after the retailers signed on to...

A Shared Responsibility: North American Alliance of Retailers and Brands Reach Agreement on a Bangladesh Worker Safety Program

George Mitchell | Posted 09.09.2013 | Business
George Mitchell

The stage is set for the ongoing, collaborative engagement and responsibility that will deliver safer garment factories in Bangladesh for many years to come. Like people everywhere, the workers of Bangladesh need jobs and a safe place to work.

Walmart And Gap Unveil Bangladesh Safety Plan

Reuters | Jessica Wohl | Posted 07.10.2013 | Business

July 10 (Reuters) - Nearly 20 North American retailers including Wal-Mart Stores Inc and Gap Inc unveiled a 5-year safety plan for Bangladesh garment ...