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New report ranks Bangladesh garment industry as second most ethical in the world


A report by Hong Kong-based supply chain compliance solutions provider QIMA ranks the Bangladesh garment industry second in ethical manufacturing. The findings of this survey were revealed during the seminar on ‘Wellbeing of RMG Workers through Inclusive Business Initiative by the Dutch-Bangla Chamber of Commerce and Industries in Dhaka.

Faruque Hassan, President, BGMEA, said, the Bangladesh RMG industry has earned significant progress in workers’ safety, well-being, sustainability and industrial relations. It has responded adequately on all compliance and workers’ rights issues from child labor to safety and hygiene at workplaces. The Labor Law was amended twice in 2013 and in 2018 and Labor Rules were promulgated in 2015 to ensure workers well-being and safety at the workplace, Hassan added. Formation of a safety committee and a workers participation committee has also been made mandatory, Hassan stated.

A central fund has been created under government supervision where garment factories are contributing $10 million of their export receipts to be used for the workers’ welfare purposes, he added.