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. This incident, and three others during 2013-14, challenged the sourcing strategies of large […].

Responsible Sourcing! Making Sustainability Happen for Real!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Sustainability is created at the source of our products, services, and consumption. Sustainability is created in the textile factories of Bangladesh. Sustainability is created from Responsible Sourcing. How can you make Responsible Sourcing a Reality? Source Smarter.

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.

Getting Bangladesh’s Apparel Industry on the Map

Supply Chain Brain

By some counts there are an estimated 11,000 garment factories in Bangladesh alone, many of them small and off the grid. Now, there’s an effort afoot to digitally map every garment factory in Bangladesh. Staff members from BRAC University are using the Sourcemap platform as they travel throughout Bangladesh to personally visit every apparel factory in the country. Expect the Bangladesh initiative to serve as a model for similar efforts around the world.

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


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?

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.

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.

Five Tips on Sourcing Products From China


Google a phrase like “sourcing products from China” and you’ll instantly be faced by almost 39 million results! You need to source for products to sell at wholesale prices to your retail customers. A sourcing agency will typically do one of the following roles: A.

Supply Chain by the Numbers for Sept. 5, 2019

Supply Chain Digest

US PMI Falls below Key Level in August, Thousands of Trucks Taken off US Highway, New US Distribution Hubs Emerging, Companies Returning to Sourcing from Bangladesh

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 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

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. The scale of this tragedy increased awareness of the risks and costs of sourcing from low-cost countries. Such risks and costs are often assumed to be sufficient to motivate firms to source production in developed, high-cost countries rather than developing, low-cost countries.

Ensuring Workers’ Rights in Global Supply Chains

Supply Chain Brain

A former journalist, she first became aware of the need for an intensive training regimen in Bangladesh, site of multiple labor violations and worker deaths. Often it’s those deeper levels that are the source of violations or inadequate working conditions. One of the company’s initiatives in Bangladesh is exploring application of the training to Tier 2 suppliers, although it has yet to proceed to that level. “We

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.

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


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. The most obvious way to create social responsibility might be just to avoid sourcing markets with low social standards.

Building the Network of Networks

Supply Chain Shaman

The group is working on case studies to test new technologies like blockchain, cognitive computing, supply chain operating networks, and open source analytics. Fires in a Bangladesh sewing factory resulted in 112 deaths. Today, I am facilitating a share group.

Audit Safe?

Supply Chain Shaman

Just two months later, more than 100 people died in a garment fire in Bangladesh in November 2012. Walmart has worked hard on ethical sourcing. The factory had recently passed an ethical sourcing audit. It takes many shapes … like the deaths of nine unknowing consumers.

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


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. More Regulation Hindrances to Reshoring In America: Sourcing New Minerals and Metals Mines.

Alternatives to Blockchain in Supply Chain

Logichain Solutions

Big players in the food industry, like Nestlé, Unilever, Walmart, and Dole, use blockchain to trace their products downstream to the original source but also upstream through the distribution network.

Responsible Supply Chain – The Growing Demand of Ethical Fashion


There are already brands out there adopting innovative ways of reducing resource consumption , such as turning to agricultural waste products like leaves and rinds to create more eco-friendly textile alternatives as well as exploring alternative bacteria-based dye source. In 2013, the Rana Plaza tragedy, factory collapsed in Bangladesh which killed over 1500 people and injured more than 2500, it caused outrage at the fashion brands who manufactured there. Sources: [link].

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. Because of the complexity of supply chains, [Patricia Jurewicz, founder and director of the Responsible Sourcing Network, a human rights advocacy group] said it’s often almost impossible for manufacturers, retailers and consumers to uncover the human rights abuses that lie within their products.

Sustainability and the Reverse Supply Chain: The Green Eileen Story


He compared this to the food industry when about 15 years ago, people started becoming aware of the source of their food. 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.

Is Logistics Outsourcing Right for Your Company?

Supply Chain Movement

From local truck transportation to global supply chain management systems, from produce sourcing to consulting based on practical experience to outsourcing, C.H. Bangladesh. More shippers today appear to be outsourcing some or all of their logistics.

Reducing Collateral Damages by Imposing Collective Penalties

The UCLA Anderson Global Supply Chain Blog

China’s rising cost and China’s RMB appreciation have motivated some western firms to source their products from other low-cost countries in South-East Asia. Bangladesh is an attractive place for western companies (e.g., Walmart, H&M, Mango, and Adidas) to source their apparel products due to its low labor cost (US$ 2 per day) and loose or unenforced regulations.    Donaldson (2014) commented that 20% of the factories in Bangladesh are simply unsafe. 

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

Material Handling & Logistics

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

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Mindmap High-Tech Supply Chain 4.0

Supply Chain Movement

Bangladesh. The sourcing department is challenged by increasing compliancy issues. A technology revolution is rapidly changing the way we work, providing threats and opportunities along the way.

Mindmap for Supply Chain Execution 24/7

Supply Chain Movement

Bangladesh. Sourcing from far-flung countries such as China is leading to growing uncertainty about the actual supply of purchase orders. Customers are becoming more demanding all the time: they increasingly expect personalised offers, available globally and round the clock.

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


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. In this respect, seeking a relationship between audit work violations as a predictor for work disruptions would be a productive avenue for global sourcing managers and analytic exploration.

Complex costs of transportation

Supply Chain Movement

By consolidating at the source, several shipments can be combined into one, thereby reducing the number of shipments even before the shipments arrive at the Logistics Service Provider (LSP). Bangladesh. 10 questions about Freight Spend Management.

Supply Chain Movement 16 – Consultancy

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.

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

Supply Chain Movement

However, there must be consensus within the organisation about definitions and the right source of information for important reports. Bangladesh. Management at the helm.

New: Global Trade Map 2016

Supply Chain Movement

The benefits of utilising modern-day FTAs include fewer customs duties, less red tape, access to public tenders, sourcing opportunities, investment opportunities and more transparent business conditions. Bangladesh. Uncovering and mitigating trade risks in international operations.

Enforcement Begins for New U.S. Law Banning Goods Made With Forced Labor, But Supply Chain Impacts Uncertain


From brinks in Bangladesh to cotton in Zambia, the list currently reports 102 goods linked to forced labor. The importer must provide certificates of origin and a statement showing in detail that he had made every reasonable effort to determine the source of the merchandise and all its components. By Arnaud POITEVIN. The new U.S.

Collaboration: The New Battle Cry of Supply Chain

Supply Chain Network

Bangladesh, Cambodia, and Vietnam experienced similar wage-related strikes and walkouts. New strategies and tactics must be employed to efficiently serve these markets, whether with goods and services within the country or through global sourcing and logistics.

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Five Predictions (About Prediction) that Every Procurement Professional Should Consider

Supply Chain View from the Field

On-going research is needed to capture social media, “big data”, qualitative reporting insights, and other non-traditional data to enable predictive insight, and build a shared source of truth for factory and supply chain risk. Prediction 3 – Corporate responsibility (diversity, environment, labor and human rights) will become an integral part of the sourcing and risk management process.

Handfield’s Top Supply Chain Predictions for 2016


Organizations need to be able to tap into multiple sources of information from both structured and unstructured, internal and external sources, to provide greater insights into key research insights into business strategy questions. Potential sources of risk need to be identified, to be able to narrow the field and understand where the data needs to be collected and monitored, the form of that data, and how it needs to be consolidated and measured for consumption by decision-makers.

6 Tips for Creating Private Label Products for Amazon FBA


Here, I’ll cover private label products first and how you should go about sourcing for suppliers. If you can’t drink caffeinated products there’s little sense in starting a small-batch coffee roaster that sources sustainable green coffee beans. Going to the Source.