Bangladesh

Labor Protection: What Can Bangladesh Learn from China?

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To most Chinese, what is happening in Bangladesh factories resembles what China has been struggling with during its period of industrialization over the past three decades. China has made great progress in protecting labor rights by strengthening public policy; integrating worker-protection systems into factories; increasing collaboration among western buyers, local NGOs, and suppliers; and empowering workers. Could this model be applied to Bangladesh?

This is part of a series of BSR articles on the tragedy in Bangladesh that will look at root causes, challenges, and how to prevent it from happening again.

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To most Chinese, what is happening in Bangladesh factories resembles what China has been struggling with during its period of industrialization over the past three decades. China has made great progress in protecting labor rights by strengthening public policy; integrating worker-protection systems into factories; increasing collaboration among western buyers, local NGOs, and suppliers; and empowering workers. Could this model be applied to Bangladesh?

This is part of a series of BSR articles on the tragedy in Bangladesh that will look at root causes, challenges, and how to prevent it from happening again.

Are Consumers Done with Fast Fashion?

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Both data and recent citizen activism suggest that consumers may finally recognize their role in sustainable fashion—and may be willing to pay the price for it. In the wake of the recent tragedy in Bangladesh, approximately 1.1 million people signed on to a campaign run by the advocacy group Avaaz pressuring retailers to invest in worker safety. But when consumers actually enter the dressing room, will a company’s social and environmental track record determine their choice of jeans?

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Both data and recent citizen activism suggest that consumers may finally recognize their role in sustainable fashion—and may be willing to pay the price for it. In the wake of the recent tragedy in Bangladesh, approximately 1.1 million people signed on to a campaign run by the advocacy group Avaaz pressuring retailers to invest in worker safety. But when consumers actually enter the dressing room, will a company’s social and environmental track record determine their choice of jeans?

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Putting More Muscle, Brains, and Heart into Sustainable Procurement

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To make sustainable procurement more effective, we need to apply more power in three areas: codes and policies, data and information, and leadership values. BSR Director Tara Norton discusses how we must use more "muscle, brains, and heart" to source sustainably--and to prevent tragedies like the factory collapse in Bangladesh from happening again.

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To make sustainable procurement more effective, we need to apply more power in three areas: codes and policies, data and information, and leadership values. BSR Director Tara Norton discusses how we must use more "muscle, brains, and heart" to source sustainably--and to prevent tragedies like the factory collapse in Bangladesh from happening again.

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U.S. Retailers to Create Fire and Safety Plan for Bangladesh Factories - CSR Minute for June 4, 2013

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Weeks after the collapse of a Bangladeshi apparel factory that killed over 1,000 workers, the debate continues over the responsibility of the global manufacturers who buy $20 billion worth of goods annually from that country’s clothing industry.

Lessons from Rana Plaza: Shocked, But Not Surprised

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When now-President and CEO Aron Cramer arrived at BSR in 1995, the situation faced by workers in Bangladesh’s apparel industry was much the same as it is today. It’s time for systemic change. In this blog, Cramer highlights major changes that the apparel industry and Bangladeshi government--among others--must make to ensure that tragedy does not happen again. For more, visit http://www.bsr.org/en/our-insights/blog-view/lessons-from-rana-plaza-shocked-but-not-surprised.

 

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When now-President and CEO Aron Cramer arrived at BSR in 1995, the situation faced by workers in Bangladesh’s apparel industry was much the same as it is today. It’s time for systemic change. In this blog, Cramer highlights major changes that the apparel industry and Bangladeshi government--among others--must make to ensure that tragedy does not happen again. For more, visit http://www.bsr.org/en/our-insights/blog-view/lessons-from-rana-plaza-shocked-but-not-surprised.

 

'Pillars in Practice' Bangladesh Garment Sector Roundtable

The 'Pillars in Practice' (PIP) Program convened stakeholders in Dhaka to discuss key issues in the garment sector & advance the UN Guiding Principles
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On May 12-15, SAI, the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DiHR), and the CSR Centre Bangladesh jointly convened two segments of the Pillars in Practice (PIP) Program in Dhaka - a 'Training of Trainers' (ToT) and the "Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Consultation" (MAC) forum to discuss the garment sector's impacts on human rights in Bangladesh.

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On May 12-15, SAI, the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DiHR), and the CSR Centre Bangladesh jointly convened two segments of the Pillars in Practice (PIP) Program in Dhaka - a 'Training of Trainers' (ToT) and the "Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Consultation" (MAC) forum to discuss the garment sector's impacts on human rights in Bangladesh.

Social Accountability International's Newsletter - May 2013

The latest news and events on CSR, human rights and supply chain management from Social Accountability International (SAI)
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SAI's newsletter is a monthly online publication, covering the latest news from SAI including CSR and supply chain management insight from the field, SAI program updates from around the world, Social Fingerprint®, SA8000 certification statistics, upcoming events and training seminars on SA8000 & the UN Guiding Principles for Business & Human Rights, job opportunities, and more. The newsletter aims to provide readers with a glimpse into the impact of our mission, and its multi-stakeholder approach to achieving decent workplaces around the world.

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SAI's newsletter is a monthly online publication, covering the latest news from SAI including CSR and supply chain management insight from the field, SAI program updates from around the world, Social Fingerprint®, SA8000 certification statistics, upcoming events and training seminars on SA8000 & the UN Guiding Principles for Business & Human Rights, job opportunities, and more. The newsletter aims to provide readers with a glimpse into the impact of our mission, and its multi-stakeholder approach to achieving decent workplaces around the world.

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Bangladesh Disaster Forces Global Brands into Transparency

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After the deadliest industrial disaster in history in Bangladesh, Global Brands are now signing in to the Accord on Fire and Building Safety published by the Worker Rights Consortium.  The accord covers all suppliers producing products for signatory companies, who will be legally obliged to ensure their suppliers stick to the standards to ensure safety.

The worlds largest apparel producer in Bangladesh, H&M has signed on with nearly 30 others, including Zara, Benetton, and Topshop, but others Wal-Mart, Sears, and Kmart are refusing to sign. 

H&M Commits to the Fire and Building Safety Agreement

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May 13, 2013 /3BL Media/ - Today H&M publicly commits to support the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, initiated by IndustryALL Global Union and UNI Global Union. The parties will be committed to the goal of a safe and sustainable Bangladeshi Ready Made Garment (RMG) industry in which no worker needs to fear fires, building collapses or other accidents that could be prevented with reasonable health and safety measures. This commitment is an additional step in an already ambitious sustainability program at H&M.

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