Millions working in unsafe conditions in Bangladesh apparel industry


Bangladesh has a lot more factories involved in the global business of manufacturing clothes than the country’s authorities said. And millions of people working in this sector are exposed to unsafe conditions. These are the results of US studies, whose results are published recently. Bangladesh has invested 25 billion dollars in the modernization of the apparel industry to improve its safety since 2013 – since the collapse of the complex Rana Plaza, which killed more than 1,100 people. Thousands of plants were subjected to checks. But many existing factories and employees do not feel these improvements, as stated in the study of the Center for Business and Human Rights Stern NYU (New York University’s Stern Center for Business and Human Rights).

The study authors found that more than 7,000 factories in Bangladesh are engaged in the production of goods for the international fashion business. This is almost twice the data of the Association of manufacturers and exporters of garments of Bangladesh (Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association), who talk about the only three thousand six hundred factories. However, experts have found that many of the small and medium factories indirectly produce the goods of foreign brands through cooperation with large enterprises.

While global brands say they have strict policies against subcontracting, in fact, millions of workers and thousands of small factories producing the goods for them, – said Sarah Leibowitz), co-director of Stern Center for Business and Human Rights, which conducted the study. The work in these factories is often quite risky. Among the brands that are using Bangladesh as a production site, the company H & M, Gap Inc, Levi Strauss & Co and Marks & Spencer.