Assessing The True Size Of The Garment Trade In Bangladesh
In 2015 the NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights launched the findings of an 18-month research wanting at the precise dimension of the garment business in Bangladesh. The report concluded that there are more than 7,000 garment factories producing wholesale clothing for printing the export market. The report revealed hundreds of beforehand unacknowledged subcontracting factories in a country with chronic factory security concerns.

A not too long ago launched follow-up research from the BRAC University’s Centre for Entrepreneurship Improvement in Dhaka, confirms the NYU Stern Center’s findings. Utilizing an identical methodology that mixes analysis of several online databases and discipline research the BRAC University Center discovered over 8,000 garment factories in Bangladesh (please see the comparability table under). Sponsored by the C&A Basis, this study reveals that over one third of the garment amenities recognized are subcontractors and most of these services usually are not registered with any of the native Bangladesh industry associations.

Why does this matter? What the findings of these research reveal is that as many as three million staff are employed in workplaces that fall outside the scope of any current monitoring or remediation mechanisms. While many local suppliers say the business has consolidated since 2015, the findings of those parallel studies clarify that a significant number of subcontracting factories proceed to provide garments. These factories remain outside the scope of a very powerful worldwide factory safety initiatives that were created within the aftermath of the 2013 Rana Plaza tragedy. Among these initiatives are international umbrella organizations, the Bangladesh Accord, and the Alliance for Bangladesh Office Security, every formed by international manufacturers and retailers in 2013. Together these organizations embrace over 200 international brands and retailers, all of whom have made commitments to address factory safety issues with the intention to make Bangladesh’s garment sector secure and sustainable.


In April the NYU Stern Center assessed the progress reports of these organizations and found that less than 100 factories had been fully remediated beneath the techniques put in place by the Accord and Alliance. While some remediation efforts have begun to take place at hundreds of additional factories, it's clear that much remains to be done.

Looking to the longer term the Bangladesh Accord lately introduced an extension of its mandate till 2021 but this determination is being challenged by both the federal government of Bangladesh and by native manufactures via their trade association, the BGMEA.

It is encouraging that BRAC, supported by the C&A Basis and endorsed by the BGMEA (Bangladesh’ largest trade trade affiliation), has just introduced a second section of their mapping efforts, to follow their initial discovering of eight,000 facilities. Their plan is to use the same field research methodology and digitally map the entire industry in Bangladesh. If they reach creating a map that features both registered facilities and subcontractors, stakeholders can begin to have a more knowledgeable conversation about what it takes to upgrade the sector as an entire and where to prioritize funds.

Understanding the true scope of the issue might also move the dialogue past remediating particular person factories to addressing systemic points including infrastructure challenges. For instance, we've got pointed out that fixing an overstretched electrical grid shall be crucial for creating a sustainable and useful manufacturing industry. To address these systemic issues, international finance establishments, the Bangladesh government, international donors and governments must contribute and work towards the implementation of a comprehensive factory safety plan.