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9 Dec 2015

Sarah Labowitz, Co-director of the NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights (USA)

Bangladesh: Why the time is right for improving factory conditions & what can be done to protect workers

Making Bangladesh’s garment sector safe and sustainable for the long term will require significant effort in three areas...An honest accounting of how many factories are producing for the export market...An assessment of the true costs of upgrading, relocating, and overseeing an expanded number of factories, many of which are small enterprises...Dividing responsibility for these costs among foreign brands, leading local factories, governments, and development and aid organizations...Bangladesh has the potential to be a good-news story about the possibility of globalization delivering benefits to low-wage workers, even in states with weak governance. Yet changes in the way the apparel supply chain works will have to come from within.