Protecting and Empowering Bangladesh’s Garment Workers
Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety Second Annual Report
Over the last two years, the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety has accomplished a great deal under difficult circumstances. Although challenging, the Alliance’s mission of creating a safer and more respectful environment for garment factory workers inspires all of us because we know how important our work is for factory workers, the garment industry and, ultimately, the people of Bangladesh.
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IMPACT ASSESSMENT REPORT: BASIC FIRE SAFETY TRAINING PROGRAM
THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER AT HOUSTON, SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH
This independent impact assessment report is prepared by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health on the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety’s (Alliance) Basic Fire Safety Training Program in Bangladesh. A research team consisting of faculty and graduate students from UTHealth led this study by conceptualizing and designing the study, collecting and analyzing the data, and describing the findings.
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$50 million to be provided to Bangladesh banks to increase lending to factory owners
Washington, D.C.—The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety (Alliance) has brokered a first-of-its-kind agreement with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to help suppliers finance factory repairs. Through the resulting credit facility, the IFC will provide USD $10 million each to five Bangladeshi banks—USD $50 million total—for affordable loans to factory owners making necessary safety repairs.
May 13, 2015—On April 25, 2015, an M7.9 Himalayan earthquake centered roughly 80 km northwest of Kathmandu, Nepal was felt throughout parts of South Asia. Alliance staff felt the tremors in Dhaka, located approximately 700 km from the epicenter, and took immediate steps to assess any potential structural damage to garment factories that may have resulted from the aftershocks.
Today a magnitude 7.8 earthquake hit Kathmandu, Nepal, resulting in the deaths of more than 1,000 people. The aftershocks of this massive earthquake were felt across Nepal, Bangladesh, India and other parts of South Asia. I want to offer my heartfelt condolences to the people of Nepal and the families of the victims.
New York, NY - At its second annual Members’ Meeting, the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety (Alliance) today elected Tapan Chowdhury, founder of Square Textiles Limited and former president of the Dhaka Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Simone Sultana, chair of BRAC UK, to serve on its board of directors.
“The Alliance Board is focused on more strategic engagement in the coming years of the Alliance, and the realignment of the board to include the members elected today reflects this focus,” said The Honorable Ellen Tauscher, independent board chair of the Alliance. “Tapan Chowdhury is a respected leader in Bangladesh and brings valuable government and private sector experience, across a wide spectrum of industries including the ready-made garment sector to the Alliance Board. Simone Sultana is a valued Alliance partner and will assist us in ensuring that the Alliance-BRAC association continues its groundbreaking efforts to provide direct support to factory workers in Bangladesh. We are very pleased to have both of them join the Alliance board of directors.”
The Alliance also elected two new members to its board of advisors, including Rumee Ali, former Managing Director of BRAC Enterprises & Investments; and Vidiya Amrit Khan, Director of Desh Garments Ltd. and Director of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA). The Alliance board of advisors provides expertise and counsel to the Alliance board of directors and senior leadership, and the Membership relies on their guidance and counsel to inform their efforts to bring about safe working conditions for garment factory workers in Bangladesh.
More information on Alliance leadership can be found here.
Last year, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina announced that her vision for the Bangladesh ready-made garment (RMG) sector was to reach $50bn in exports by 2021. It is an important and ambitious goal for a nation that has worked hard to develop a brighter economic future. With the RMG sector accounting for 81 per cent of Bangladesh’s overall exports, reaching such a milestone could help the nation substantially reduce poverty and strengthen economic outcomes for millions of people.
The Alliance expresses our sincere condolences to the victims of today’s earthquake in Nepal that has also resulted in the loss of life, injuries and structural damage in neighboring countries, including Bangladesh...
April 24, 2015 marks the second anniversary of the collapse of Rana Plaza, in which 1,134 garment workers lost their lives to an unspeakable tragedy. We pause today to remember the victims and their families—and to recommit ourselves to ensuring that no garment worker in Bangladesh has to risk his or her life to make a living.
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