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Face-to-Face with AKM Ahsanul Hoque

AOB: What according to you are the thrust areas in the field of CSR as far as garment industry is concerned? AH: In the last one year or so, many Bangladeshi garment manufacturers have applied for LEED certification which is reflective of the focus on environment and environmental sustainability. Initially there were hardly any green factories in Bangladesh, but today majority of the entrepreneurs are going for green facilities, which covers some parts of sustainable environment portion. Another interesting development, in […]

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The evolving scenario in CSR

What is Corporate Social Responsibility? Depending on the organisation, sector or even the country, the connotations of CSR takes different dimensions. Over the years, if the very definition and principles of CSR have undergone massive changes, growing from a narrow and often marginalized notion into a complex and multifaceted concept, so has the readymade garment industry of Bangladesh from its humble days of the early ’70s to becoming the second biggest garment exporter globally today. […]

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Bangladesh may explore African nations for raw cotton

In view of expanding garment industry in Bangladesh, the largest cotton importing country in the world, should look towards African nations as sources of raw cotton. Currently, Bangladesh imports majority of its cotton requirements (more than half) from India. Sourcing raw cotton from African countries could be a highly suitable and cost-effective alternative, this was stated by Bangladeshi Finance Minister AMA Muhith during African-Asian Cotton B2B Meeting held in Dhaka on Sunday. Bangladesh spends around […]

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Unionisation of apparel industry: A perspective

Whosoever is associated with the readymade garment industry in Bangladesh agrees that the country would be able to achieve the target of US $ 50 billion in next 5 years but what is required are peaceful working conditions and a total control over labour unrest, which unfortunately are growing lately. Industry associations, buyers, Government and unions, all claim to be doing their best to resolve the labour issues, despite which unrest is prevalent…, and is […]

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GenNext: Pacing company on strategy of MS Dhoni

The Bangladesh garment industry is built on a very strong foundation of hard work that the first-generation entrepreneurs put in the 1980s and ’90s. With no textile base, but only ‘determination’ to learn and succeed in the global marketplace, these entrepreneurs have made the country proud with a garment export industry that is worth more than US $ 28 billion today and is inching closer to the US $ 50 billion landmark set for 2020. […]

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Bangladesh garment workers call for union registration

Workers at the Orchid Sweater factory in Bangladesh have urged for solidarity support as their attempts to secure formal union registration have been repeatedly denied by the Joint Director of Labour (JDL) since February 2016 citing inadequate documents. Management at the company reportedly unleashed a series of harassment and threats of termination of office bearers of the proposed union when they came to know about the worker’s move. In November 2016, workers recruited more workers […]

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Bangladesh to take duty-free access to US via Kenya

Principal Secretary of Kenyan Industry, Trade and Cooperatives Ministry Julius Korir mad a visit to Dhaka, Bangladesh earlier this month. During his visit, he discussed various issues including trade, investment and duty-free access in the US market with Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI). Korir said that Bangladesh can invest in the Kenyan Export Processing Zones (KEPZs) to take advantage of duty-free access in the US market. He pointed out that both […]

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BGMEA organizes job fair in Dhaka

Bangladesh’s Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed will inaugurate a day-long job fair organized by the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) in Dhaka today. The fair is taking place at International Conference Centre, Bashundhara. Around 40 garment factory owners are participating in the fair, which will serve as platform for those willing to be part of apparel sector as workers or executives. It may be mentioned here that BGMEA under its partnership programme with the […]

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Bangladesh Minister advocates equal rights for women workers

Rashed Khan Menon MP, President of Workers Party & Minister for Civil Aviation & Tourism has stressed on the need for establishing equal rights for women in all spheres of life, including family, workplace and society in state. “Women are deprived and exploited as workers or professionals. This discrimination between men and women should be eliminated for the emancipation of the human being and nations, including Bangladesh,” said Rashed Khan while addressing an event on […]

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Apparel retailers seek redressal of delay in sample delivery from Dhaka airport

Representatives of nearly 20 global retailers held a meeting with Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) officials seeking a solution to prolonged problem of delay in delivery of garment samples from the Dhaka (Bangladesh) airport to the factories. These retailers directly or indirectly purchase around US $ 10 billion worth of garment items from Bangladesh. Incidents of missing and delayed delivery of samples from the airport have been an issue of concern among retailers […]

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IMF official content over green initiatives taken by Bangladeshi garment units

A top official of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), who visited Bangladesh recently, has expressed happiness over measures taken by garment factories in the country to embrace green practices like saving water, energy and conserving the environment. “The future of Bangladesh’s apparel industry is very bright because of the good workers and the vibrant private sector entrepreneurs,” said Mitsuhiro Furusawa, Deputy Managing Director of IMF. After visiting two green factories owned by Viyellatex Group, a […]

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NGO calls for women economic empowerment in Bangladesh RMG sector

AWAJ Foundation, Dhaka, an NGO, is advocating a change in the way garment industry looks at the workers, especially women, and Nazma Akter, Founder of the foundation is spearheading that mission; a mission that calls for ‘women economic empowerment and decent working conditions’. Akter, while speaking at the recently concluded Dhaka Apparel Summit in Bangladesh, asserted that the Rana Plaza collapse of 2013 did lead to closure of several factories that were deemed unsafe and […]

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‘Bangladesh needs to address sustainability issues in RMG sector’

Higher productivity, workers’ wage hike and profitability are three important factors that need to work together for sustainability of the apparel sector of Bangladesh. This has been stated by an economist during a discussion on ‘Pains and Gains’ – a research paper on the progress made, impediments and the future of the garments sector – an event jointly organized by Daily Star and Bangladesh University. To improve the competitiveness of the apparel sector, these factors […]

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Bangladesh Commerce Minister slams US for callous attitude

The firebrand Commerce Minister of Bangladesh Tofail Ahmed has again condemned the US for their discordance and callousness on Bangladesh’s demand for duty-free and quota-free access to the US market. In this regard, US Ambassador to Bangladesh Marcia Stephens Bloom Bernicat said that the US has only offered duty-free-quota-free (DFQF) facilities through a multi-country trade pact. She said it is “extremely unlikely” outside of a multilateral agreement to enjoy DFQF market access to the US […]

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Commitment to compliance is key to Bangladesh: PM

One of the major subjects that were discussed at the Dhaka Apparel Summit held recently in Dhaka, Bangladesh was the steps that the Government has been taking to maintain and sustain the relationship between employers and workers in the readymade garment sector. While addressing the Summit, the Premier of Bangladesh said the Government is committed to ensuring compliance with regard to labour rights, workplace safety and environmental standard in Bangladesh’s apparel and textile industry as […]

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