OP-ED & Interviews

Making Bangladesh’s garments industry safe and sustainable – Dr Fahmida Khatun

Published in eastasiaforum.org on Thursday, 11 May 2017 Bangladesh’s export-oriented ready-made garments (RMG) industry has made significant contributions to the country’s economic development over the last four decades. But this will come undone unless Bangladesh can make progress on workplace safety compliance and labour rights. In 2016, the RMG sector earned about US$28 billion in export income compared to a mere US$12,000 in ...

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RMG—rising out of the ashes

RMG industry

Published in the Financial Express on May 7, 2017 Muhammad Zamir The highlight of the last week of April was the observance of programmes marking the fourth anniversary of the Rana Plaza disaster. The disaster took place on April 24, 2013 which resulted in the death of 1,129 workers and injury to nearly 2,500 others. And then the May Day ...

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Moving forward from the Rana Plaza tragedy – Dr Fahmida Khatun

Published in The Daily Star on Monday, 24 April 2017 The readymade garments (RMG) sector of Bangladesh has undertaken significant compliance measures to ensure safety of factories and workers since the Rana Plaza tragedy on April 24, 2013, when an eight-storied commercial building collapsed killing more than 1,100 workers died, and injuring more than 2,500 people. The National Tripartite Plan of Action ...

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Fourth Anniversary of The Rana Plaza Collapse: Where do we stand? – Khondaker Golam Moazzem

the collapsed Rana Plaza building.

Published in The Daily Star on Monday, 24 April 2017 It has been four years since the day in April when the nation and the world was shocked when a garment factory building in Savar came crashing down. 1,129 workers were killed and thousands more injured, trapped in the rubble. Not the first time but definitely the largest incident of accidental structural ...

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The ‘Fat Man Syndrome’ – Khondaker Golam Moazzem


Published in The Financial Express on Tuesday, 22 November 2016  In medical science, a term called ‘Fat Man Syndrome’ is used to indicate a particular physical condition of human being when a person eats excessive amount of food but it is not reflected in person’s physique as s/he looks apparently ‘thin’. In other words, eating excess food does not have any visible impact ...

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ফ্যাটম্যান সিনড্রোম ছেঁটে ফেলুন – খন্দকার গোলাম মোয়াজ্জেম

এ বছর বৈদেশিক মুদ্রার মজুদ সন্তোষজনক পর্যায়ে ছিল। রফতানি নিয়ে উদ্বেগ সময়ে সময়ে প্রকাশ পেলেও আমদানি পরিস্থিতি ভালো ছিল। বিশ্ববাজার দেশের বাজারের মতোই স্থিতিশীল ছিল।

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WORKERS’ VOICE REPORT 2016 | The Working Conditions in Bangladesh’s RMG Industry after Rana Plaza

The Workers’ Voice Report 2016 represents the collaboration of two organisations sharing a common vision of pushing Bangladesh’s Ready Made Garment (RMG) industry towards more sustainability. Awaj Foundation, a local NGO dedicated to fighting for labour rights, and Consulting Service International (CSI) Ltd., a Hong Kong based consultancy with long-term experience in advising international brands and retailers on introducing Corporate ...

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