Bangladesh garment industryi

Bangladesh is the world's second-largest apparel exporter behind China. A building collapse in Savar, near the capital of Dhaka, on April 30, 2013, that killed more than 400 people has triggered scrutiny over worker safety and labour conditions in the country.

  • Labour advocates say safety has improved since the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory, but progress on better pay and conditions has been far slower
  • Ten years ago, more than 1,100 garment workers died when an eight-storey building housing five garment factories collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Beijing has used its influence in Myanmar to broker a repatriation agreement before, Bangladesh’s foreign minister noted, but the Rohingya refugees previously refused to return.

US’ boycott of Xinjiang cotton looks to reshape the global textile supply chain by isolating China, but suppliers in places such as Vietnam and Bangladesh could face setbacks as they shift away from such a major source of cotton.


Fire broke out after a boiler exploded in the factory at an industrial facility in Dhaulana in the Hapur area of Uttar Pradesh state, around 60km from New Delhi

Bangladesh’s US$35 billion garment trade is second in size only to China’s, but fires and factory collapses are common due to lax regulations.


Denim brands such as Levi’s and Outland Denim, a Meghan Markle fave, are making strides towards producing jeans (long thought bad for the planet) in more environmentally friendly ways.

The analysis warns that the problem of rising sea levels is receiving little attention and smaller-scale suppliers would be most affected, highlighting the example of Bangladesh.


Critics say democracy is being eroded as PM Sheikh Hasina enacts increasingly repressive rules where a cartoon or Facebook post could land one in jail.

Companies including Walmart and Gap won’t commit to paying in full for recent garment orders. This has forced factories to lay off staff, who lack financial support and may be vulnerable to slavery.

Supply chain disruptions and vanishing customer orders following the coronavirus outbreak have left the global textile industry reeling and wary of more pain to come.


Factory owners had been lobbying for the monitors to leave, arguing that the programme’s five-year mandate had expired, but global clothing brands took the issue to the Supreme Court and won.

Nine out of 10 workers interviewed in Bangladesh said they could not afford enough food for themselves and their families and were forced to skip meals or go into debt.

The charity tops, bearing the message ‘#IWannaBeASpiceGirl’, were produced by mostly female machinists who said they were forced to work up to 16 hours a day and were verbally abused by managers

Based on 250 interviews, a coalition of charities said female employees were ‘systematically exposed to violence’ and faced retaliation if they reported attacks

Two owners of a Bangladesh garment factory where 112 workers died in a fire two years ago have surrendered and sought bail after they were charged with murder.