Ensuring Safety of Garments Workers in Bangladesh



No one can imagine the economic development of Bangladesh without considering the contribution of the garments sector. This sector has emerged as the single largest export sector in Bangladesh with 78.14 percent share in total national export in FY 2010-11 (iART 2011). It comprises of 16 percent GDP that has created scope for the employment opportunity of 10.72 percent labor force of which 6.83 percent are directly involved (Ahmed, 2013).

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Garments workers are not getting proper working environment in compliance to international standards. Most of the garment workers live in slums in an unhealthy situation. Since 1990 to 2013 (April) Bangladesh has experienced more than 10 deadly occurrences that caused untimely death of thousands of workers where most of the affected were women. Experts and insiders of this sector have identified obsolete policies and laws, and non-compliance with laws as main causes of this kind of occurrences.

How will this project solve this problem?

The project will work to bring the changes in garment sector related policies and for ensuring it compliance.

Potential Long Term Impact

A policy network will be formed with participation of multilevel vibrant actors It will bring changes in policies and regulations. Attitude of owners and policy makers will be changed towards compliance. Worker's satisfaction will be increased regarding the compliance of security issues. Knowledge of workers and all associated members on different compliance issues will be increased. Quality of lives of affected employees will be increased.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $5,675
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $9,325
Total Funding Goal: $15,000

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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Project Leader

Radwan Chowdhury

Founder & CEO
Jacksonville, FL Bangladesh

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