Considerable Number of Bangladesh Garment Factories Fail 2014 Safety Checks

Supply Chain Matters

In late November of 2013, Supply Chain Matters called reader attention to the news that three global groups addressing social responsibility and work standards for Bangladesh garment factories had tentatively agreed on common standards for factory inspections.

What is the True Cost of Sustainable Apparel from Bangladesh? Insights from Harvard “Sustainable Models for the Apparel Industry” Conference

NC State SCRC

Rejaul is from Bangladesh, and is working on his PhD in the College of Textiles at NC State University, and is passionate on the subject of sustainable apparel from his home country. What is the fair price of an apparel product responsibly sourced from Bangladesh, and what price do apparel suppliers need to ensure a safe and sustainable work place and fair wages for the workers in Bangladesh? Are big name brands really paying a fair price to a supplier in Bangladesh?

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Supply Chain Management and Corporate Social Responsibility

SCM Research

Practice Theory Bangladesh Corporate Social Responsibility Globalization Outsourcing Procurement Purchasing Supply Chain Management Supply Chain Sustainability Two recent disasters in the garment industry, the Tazreen Fashions fire (2012) and the Rana Plaza building collapse (2013), have caused outrage over the lack of social responsibility across global supply chains.

How Many Slaves Are in Your Supply Chain?

Talking Logistics

The collapse of the garment factory in Bangladesh last week , which killed at least 705 workers and injured thousands of others, has put a spotlight on a problem that plagues many supply chains: the use of slave labor.

Bangladesh- Consumer Desires for Cheap Clothing Seems to Trump Worker Safety Needs

Supply Chain Matters

Apparel and Footwear Supply Chain Procurement and Sourcing Social Responsibility Strategies for Global Supply Chains Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety challenges within apparel industry supply chains implications of 2013 Bangladesh Rena building collapse supply chain challenges within apparel industry Supply chain Matters blog

3D Printing: Let’s Not Manufacture False Dawns

Supply Chain @ MIT

The recent disaster in Bangladesh where hundreds of workers lost their lives when a building collapsed serves as a horrific reminder of this challenge. Filed under: Resilience , Security , Strategy Tagged: 3D printing , Bangladesh disaster , customization , mass production , product quality , product safety , supply chain visibility. Resilience Security Strategy 3D printing Bangladesh disaster customization mass production product quality product safety supply chain visibility

Truth in Transparency

APICS

It’s been three years since the Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh that killed 1,135 garment workers when an eight-story building collapsed. The tragedy pushed company leaders to seek greater transparency in their supply chains.

So Your Supply Chain is Banning Bangladesh….and Going to Cambodia?: “The Ugliest Race to the Bottom”

Supply Chain View from the Field

In our ongoing discussion of labor and human rights violations in the supply chain, we’ve discussed in prior posts the problems that occurred in Bangladesh resulting in over 700 dead. Companies like Nike and Disney have publicly stated that they are not going to Bangladesh for apparel sourcing in the future. As noted in a Wall Street Journal article today , low cost countries all have the same problems that factories in Bangladesh do.

Implications from the Rana Plaza Disaster (Guest Post by Brian Jacobs and Vinod Singhal)

SCM Research

Rana Plaza, an eight-story building in Bangladesh that housed garment factories employing approximately 5000 workers, collapsed on April 24, 2013. To examine this assumption, we studied the stock market reaction to 39 global apparel retailers with significant sourcing in Bangladesh. In fact, garment exports from Bangladesh have increased since 2013 even though substandard working conditions persist.

Bangladesh Catastrophes Drive Ethical Sourcing Initiatives

Logistics Viewpoints

Sourcing to low cost destinations is not a new development and Bangladesh has been a favored destination of apparel brands and retailers. But incidents like Rana Plaza disaster (an eight-story factory collapsed, killing over 1,000 workers) brought to light non-existent safety measures.

Transparency in Fashion: How the fashion industry is blazing a trail for socially responsible supply chains

Icecorp

It was four years ago that the Rana Plaza Factory collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on April 24, 2013, killing more than 1,100 garment workers. In the rubble of that tragedy, tags were discovered leading back to many well-known brands, including Canadian fast fashion leader, Joe Fresh.

Needed: A New Way to Manage Risk in Low Cost Countries

NC State SCRC

By deploying the “fast fashion” business model, the apparel industry began to outsource garment manufacture to suppliers and subcontractors in low-cost countries, such as China, India, Vietnam, Malaysia, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. For example, in Bangladesh, mostly women and often children are exposed to risks from lacking safety standards in garment factories. A recent article (Chu, 2012) noted that low cost countries all have the same problems that factories in Bangladesh do.

Empowering Responsible Value Chains

SCM Research

The Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh in 2013 has opened the eyes of many supply chain managers: Implementing a socially responsible supply chain has, indeed, become an imperative for global corporations and the supply chain management discipline might be in the middle of a paradigm shift.

The Fashion Supply Chain: Unraveling the Reality

The 21st Century Supply Chain

Apparently, the $67 a month workers make in Bangladesh was getting to be too costly. In April 2013, more than 1,100 factory workers lost their lives in the name of fashion in the Rana Plaza collapse in Bangladesh, now recognized as the deadliest garment-factory accident in history.

Supply Chain and Logistics Resolutions for 2017: 4 Things to STOP Doing This Year

Talking Logistics

the collapse of the garment factory in Bangladesh that killed hundreds of ‘slave-labor’ employees, Rip Curl apparel marked “Made in China” actually being made in North Korea). Three years ago, I wrote a popular post highlighting “ 5 New Year’s Resolutions for Supply Chain and Logistics Executives.” The same resolutions still apply today, so I encourage you to re-read the post in case you forgot them or ignored the advice the first time around.

Don’t Fret: Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement will not play havoc with the economic development of developing countries

The UCLA Anderson Global Supply Chain Blog

Bangladesh, Cambodia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Indonesia, India, Pakistan, and many African countries). Felipe Caro and Christopher S. Tang, UCLA Anderson School. In late June of 2015, the Senate passed legislation that gave President Obama the authority to present the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade package to Congress with no amendments or filibusters allowed.

KPI Key Performance Indicators in Supply Chain & Logistics

Logistics Bureau

Supply Chain KPIs are Essential – The Right Ones! The information on this page WILL help you get it right. Many people get really confused about KPIs or Key Performance Indicators in Logistics and Supply Chain operations. Which ones to use?… … How many to use?

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Supply Chain 2015

SCM Research

The report also contains an analysis of three selected sectors (retail, construction and pharmaceutical) and additional case studies, including a case study on the 2013 Rana Plaza tragedy in Bangladesh. Last week, a well-made special report by Raconteur, titled Supply Chain 2015 (pdf), was distributed in The Times of London. I very much enjoyed reading it.

Using mobile phones to monitor factory safety in Bangladesh

The UCLA Anderson Global Supply Chain Blog

  Due to higher labor and operating costs in China, more western firms now source their products from Bangladesh, Cambodia, and Vietnam, etc.  Set up a fund to help defray the costs of building repairs and renovations, but Bangladesh government is required to participate. 

Modern Slavery in Today’s Supply Chains

The 21st Century Supply Chain

The British Standards Institution (BSI) has also raised the alarm regarding slavery in the supply chain, releasing a new Risk Index Report identifying China, India, Vietnam, Bangladesh and Myanmar as the five highest risk countries for human rights violations.

600 Dead in Bangladesh: Is there a soul to the enterprise?

Supply Chain View from the Field

News of the increasing death toll in Bangladesh continues to pour in, with the latest at 600 found dead in the rubble of the Rama factory complex. Demonstrators are protesting apparel offices (such as Gap’s offices in San Francisco) to demand better working conditions in Bangladesh factories. Some, like Disney and Nike, have announced that they simply won’t buy any apparel produced in Bangladesh.

Handfield’s Top Supply Chain Predictions for 2016

NC State SCRC

The recent publicity generated by the Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh, and other labor risks, has elevated the importance of integrating these issues into the sourcing decision. If there’s anything we’ve learned in the last year, it’s that prediction is not only much more complicated than it looks, and that the volatility and uncertainty that exists in the global supply chain operating environment is making life a whole lot LESS unpredictable.

Most desirable logistics location of Europe in 2018

Supply Chain Movement

Bangladesh. The Netherlands is the best region for a logistics base according to the ‘VerkehrsRundschau Markenstudie ImageRanking’.

Still Don’t Know How Many Slaves Are In Your Supply Chain?

Talking Logistics

I asked that question almost three years ago following the collapse of a garment factory in Bangladesh that killed more than 1,100 workers and injured thousands of others. How many slaves are in your supply chain? Based on recent reports, it appears that, three years later, the answer to that question remains the same: We don’t know.

Global Supply Chain News on Plans by Retailers and Apparel Companies to Improve Bangladesh Factory Safety Finally Moving to Action Phase

Supply Chain Digest

VF Corp, Walmart Backing Relatively Low Cost Loans to Suppliers

Checklist for working capital management

Supply Chain Movement

Bangladesh. 10 questions to assess working capital management. Working capital management revolves around inventory, debtors and creditors. Some companies generate cash so quickly that they can even achieve negative working capital.

Reshoring in America: The Future Outlook, Current Hindrances & Issues, and Ways to Stimulate Reshoring

Cerasis

Despite the disaster at the Savar garment factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh, data indicates that many consumers continue to demand the cheapest obtainable goods, regardless of human cost.

Supply Chain Experiencing High Rate of Terrorist Attacks

Material Handling & Logistics

Similar concerns in Bangladesh have led the European Union to recently prohibit the direct importation of air freight from Bangladeshi airports. . In 2016 a total of 346 attacks took place, against a wider range of industries and modes of transport than in any other year.

Reducing Collateral Damages by Imposing Collective Penalties

The UCLA Anderson Global Supply Chain Blog

Bangladesh is an attractive place for western companies (e.g.,   When more firms source from Bangladesh, more contract manufacturers enter the market to meet demand.    This trend has created the garment industry in Bangladesh that accounts for over 80% of the country's exports.    Donaldson (2014) commented that 20% of the factories in Bangladesh are simply unsafe.  Felipe Caro and Christopher S.

La carte du commerce international 2016 / Global Trade Map 2016 in French

Supply Chain Movement

Bangladesh. Les accords commerciaux et leurs risques d’un point de vue UE.

10 questions about the benefits of S&OP for your organisation

Supply Chain Movement

Bangladesh. Management at the helm. Some companies have a well-developed sales & operations planning (S&OP) process as a safeguard for structured decision-making. Those companies take an integral view of supply and demand, including the financial impact of mediumterm risks.

Has China lost its relevance as a production location?

Supply Chain Movement

This is still very favourable in comparison with wages within the EU, and wages have increased more significantly in other nearby countries, such as Vietnam and Bangladesh to name but a few. China’s position as a production location is currently a hot topic amongst global thought leaders in supply chain. The general price level of products made in China is rising rapidly, and it has been claimed that some of the products actually originate in North Korea.

China Flexes Its Global Logistics Muscle

Material Handling & Logistics

Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar. China aims to extend its logistics reach from the Pacific to the Atlantic through its One Belt, One Road initiative. Like the country itself, China’s ambitions are massive.

Supply Chain News on Procurement News Round Up for Aug. 8, 2017

Supply Chain Digest

Bangladesh Launches Program to Map Apparel Suppliers, Best Interview Questions for Procurement Hires, Jail Sentences for Principals in UK Horsemeat Scandal

Complex costs of transportation

Supply Chain Movement

Bangladesh. 10 questions about Freight Spend Management. There are numerous ways a shipper can reduce freight spend. They can renegotiate contracts, find other carriers, and do a better job of maximizing their truck utilization. But these efforts bring temporary, not permanent, relief.

Mindmap for an ethical supply chain

Supply Chain Movement

As a result of the growth in the outsourcing of manufacturing worldwide, ethical problems are also increasing in the supply chain: a catastrophic fire in a contract manufacturer’s overcrowded factory in Bangladesh and recalls of branded products containing harmful substances, to name but a few.

Sustainability and the Reverse Supply Chain: The Green Eileen Story

Arkieva

In a similar way, he suggested that events such as the factory collapse in Bangladesh are raising the awareness of the environmental impact of the fashion industry.

Analytics Should Focus on A Culture of Factory Safety for Workers in Low Cost Country Manufacturing

NC State SCRC

This will never work – particularly as we move into an era of global outsourcing and contract manufacturing in low cost countries such as Vietnam, India, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, and others in Asia. For analytics to become truly effective in global manufacturing settings, veracity and consistency are critical requirements.

Mindmap High-Tech Supply Chain 4.0

Supply Chain Movement

Bangladesh. A technology revolution is rapidly changing the way we work, providing threats and opportunities along the way. These developments impact Original Equipment Manufacturers, both at strategic level and at operational level within their supply chains.

GrandVision: “We are changing completely as we become demand driven”

Supply Chain Movement

We are transitioning our Chinese supplier base to other regions such as Bangladesh and Vietnam for labour cost and quality reasons. Grandvision has grand plans.