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

Supply Chain Matters

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Bangladesh Clothes Factory Fire

SCM Research

At the end of last month, a garment factory fire in Bangladesh killed more than 100 people and injured many more. In Bangladesh, mostly women and often children are exposed to risks from lacking fire safety standards in factories. Human rights groups urge Western governments to press retailers and apparel brands to join the Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Agreement.

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.

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.

Bangladesh Working Conditions: A Human Rights Issue? Or a Supplier Capacity Issue?

Supply Chain View from the Field

The recent press in the Wall Street Journal and other papers on Walmart’s fire in Bangladesh is raising the ire of corporate responsibility groups and human rights groups alike. And when they subcontract, and accidents happen (as in the Walmart Bangladesh fire), Walmart goes in and discovers that their product line was in that facility – and they had no idea!

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.

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.

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. 

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

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

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

The Importance of Social Compliance in The Supply Chain

Supply Chain Link

Recent tragedies such as the Plaza garment factory collapse in Bangladesh, has brought to light the. Supply chain transparency can be difficult to accomplish on a global scale.

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.

Global Supply Chain News on Western Apparel Companies Increasingly Look to Africa for Sourcing, but Many Challenges Remain for the Continent

Supply Chain Digest

Monthly Wages Average Just 21 Dollars in Ethiopia Versus a Whopping 67 in Bangladesh. Plus, You Can Grow Your Own Cotton

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.

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.

Retail Vendor Performance Management News Round Up for February, 2018

Supply Chain Digest

Amazon to Keep Adding Lots of FC Space, Automation Coming to Bangladesh Apparel Factories, Walmart Q4 eCommerce Growth Slows

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.

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.

Global Logistics—January 2016

Inbound Logistics

sign liberalized air transport deal; global manufacturers shift production to Bangladesh, Thailand, Korea and Vietnam

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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.

Building the Network of Networks

Supply Chain Shaman

Fires in a Bangladesh sewing factory resulted in 112 deaths. Today, I am facilitating a share group. The dream is the building of Network of Networks. The goal is to close current gaps to build inter-enterprise visibility and improve inter-operability between businesses.

Who is the weakest link in the supply chain?

The UCLA Anderson Global Supply Chain Blog

When something bad happens at a factory in a developing country such as Bangladesh or China, the whole world wants to identify and punish the real culprit.   Christopher S.

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.

The Need for More Active and Measurable Social Responsibility Committments

Supply Chain Matters

Supply Chain Matters has featured a number of commentaries concerning the ongoing social responsibility developments concerning Bangladesh, specifically those impacting apparel and retail supply chains. While on an airplane early this morning flying to Tampa Florida, this author had the opportunity to catch-up on business magazine readings.

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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.

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.

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.

Audit Safe?

Supply Chain Shaman

Just two months later, more than 100 people died in a garment fire in Bangladesh in November 2012. It takes many shapes … like the deaths of nine unknowing consumers. In 2008, 762 people became dangerously ill in 48 states from contaminated peanut butter in the United States.

One Man’s Trash: How Blockchain Can Target Food Waste to Help End World Hunger

Material Handling & Logistics

From the wholesale manufacturers in Iowa to the farmers in Bangladesh, change is coming. For organizations that source products from suppliers in remote regions, blockchain can provide clarity in an otherwise murky journey from harvest to retail. World hunger is a global epidemic.

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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.

China and the global textile machinery

Exapro Hub

The study shows that the six largest investors in the short-staple segment in 2017 are: Bangladesh, Pakistan, China, Uzbekistan, India and Indonesia. Percentage of textile imports from China (in 2015 and 2005): Bangladesh: 47% / 39%. With a population of over than 1.4

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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.