Bangladesh

Bangladesh Country Guide

The Country Guide provides a comprehensive overview business-related human rights impacts in Bangladesh.

The Bangladesh Country Guide was produced by the Danish Institute for Human Rights and CSR Centre Bangladesh. The Guide is a compilation of publicly available information from international institutions, local NGOs, governmental agencies, businesses, media and universities. International and domestic sources are identified on the basis of their expertise and relevance to the Bangladesh context, as well as their timeliness and impartiality.

The initial survey of publicly available, international sources was carried out by DIHR in 2013. The draft was then updated and localized by the CSR Centre through multi-stakeholder consultation in early 2014.

The Guide has been systematically updated for 2016. Read the updated Guide here

Read the full Country Guide here

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Bangladesh: Brands need to step up on compensation after new garment factory fire, says Clean Clothes Campaign

26 Sep 2017 — At least six people were killed in a textile mill fire in Bangladesh last Wednesday. Clean Clothes Campaign expresses its heart-felt condolences to the families of the deceased. In order not to leave them destitute without just compensation for employment injury, it is imperative that brands, employers and the Government of Bangladesh step up to improve access to and provision of remedy in the short-term and by moving forward towards a permanent solution with adopting the National Employment Injury Scheme...  

Bangladesh: Ideal Textile Mills factory fire kills 6 workers

25 Sep 2017 — "Factory fire kills 6 workers", 21 Sep 2017 At least six workers were burnt to death as a fire broke out at Ideal Textile Mills in Mukterpur BSCIC area in Munshiganj on Wednesday... There were 210 workers on duty when the fire occurred... The fire broke out at the warehouse located just in front of the five-storey factory gate around 10:00am... The factory did not have any alternative staircase... The existing staircase was so narrow that the workers could not come out promptly. [Refers to Ideal Textile Mills]

Clean Clothes Campaign urges brands and the Government of Bangladesh for a permanent solution

25 Sep 2017 — "Brands need to step up on compensation after new factory fire in Bangladesh", 24 Sep 2017 At least six people were killed in a textile mill fire in Bangladesh... In order not to leave them destitute without just compensation for employment injury, it is imperative that brands, employers and the Government of Bangladesh step up to improve access to and provision of remedy in the short-term and by moving forward towards a permanent solution with adopting the National Employment Injury Scheme... Despite the frequent occurrence of employment injury in Bangladesh, there is still no consistent approach or permanent solution to provide remedy for those unable to work after sustaining an injury or for the families left behind when workers are killed...Brands have an obligation to ensure access and provision of remedy as part of exercising due diligence within their supply chain...  Clean Clothes Campaign calls upon all brands producing in Bangladesh to sign the new Accord and to listing all their suppliers producing garment and textile  related products.  Full disclosure of their supply chains will help brands and retailers meet their due diligence requirements under international standards   and most importantly can save workers’ lives.

Bangladesh: Ideal Textile Mills fire kills 6 - highlighting anew serious worker safety, access to remedy issues in country's garment sector

25 Sep 2017 — At least six workers were burnt to death as a fire broke out at Ideal Textile Mills in Mukterpur BSCIC area in Munshiganj on 20 September 2017.

Bangladesh court jails Rana Plaza owner for graft – one of many charges brought after garment factory collapse

29 Aug 2017

Malaysia: Young Bangladeshis trafficked through private colleges & tricked into forced labour

22 Aug 2017 — "Young Bangladeshis Tricked into Forced Labour in Malaysia," 15 Aug 2017 Victims pay big sums to go to private colleges but end up working in inhumane conditions. They are sold a dream of a ticket to study and work in a foreign country. But after spending all their family savings, thousands of young men from Bangladesh are caught in the harsh reality of being trapped in exploitation and extortion in Malaysia. By the time they realise it, they have been trafficked through obscure private colleges and unscrupulous "agents" in the Klang Valley area that surrounds Kuala Lumpur... The journalists uncovered the trafficking rings through a series of undercover investigations. They met workers' agents while posing as factory managers looking for cheap labour, infiltrated the colleges, and followed the trail to Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh... One agent said he...has trafficked over 8,000 Bangladeshi students to Malaysia. "Bangladeshi students are easy and quick money," said the agent, who is Nepali. "Bring in 200 or 300 of them, then distribute them (among the colleges), then you will make your money."... A [2013-]report by The Star [already] revealed a large number of foreign students arriving through dubious colleges... [In response] [t]he Ministry of Higher Education revoked the international student licence of four such institutions in 2015. Since then, a further 26 institutions have had their licences revoked or not renewed...

Modern Slavery Index: Amplified risks in European supply chains

18 Aug 2017

Coal production persists in Asia despite negative impacts on health & agriculture

9 Aug 2017 — "The uncertain death of king coal," 7 August 2017 While renewable energy has seen some important improvements of late, current trends show the persistence of coal in Asia’s energy future... After three years of declining coal production, China has suddenly seen a rise in both its production and consumption... [while] the rest of Asia is also caught in the midst of a strange debate where the death of coal is being celebrated while... official consensus seems to be that coal will continue to be a large part of future plans... China [has] defined the access to electricity as a form of basic “human right” that the state needed to give to its citizens... India has echoed similar sentiments, with its government promising to bring electricity to all its citizens... In Bangladesh, the government is also pledged to bring electricity to all its citizens, even if it has to increase electricity generation from coal to more than half of its total generation, compared to a current 1.6 per cent...The rush to coal in Asian countries reflects these three concerns: political pressure to provide energy, reliability of supply, and profits... [In India] despite a best case scenario of over 40 per cent of energy generation through renewables by 2040 coal would remain one of the main generators of energy... [contributing to] an increase in premature deaths... [and] agriculture productivity loss... In Pakistan, a seven year old girl has sued the Pakistani government in the country’s Supreme Court over the costs of pollution, while in India, a nine year old one has done the same. It is only when these factors are properly calculated that the cost of coal will become obvious, and push Asia towards healthier, and truly more economic, alternatives in the quest of providing a better life to the people living here.

So. Asia: Hazardous ship graveyards - workers facing precarious conditions

2 Aug 2017

Chemikalien bei der Lederproduktion schaden Menschen und Umwelt; Substanzen gelangen auch nach Europa

1 Aug 2017 — "Giftige Schuhe, stinkende Handtaschen", 25 Juli 2017 Das weltweite Geschäft mit dem Leder boomt. Oft wird es billig produziert, giftige Chemikalien schaden Menschen und Umwelt. Es gibt zwar Methoden, um Leder umweltfreundlicher zu gerben. Doch die sind entweder deutlich teurer oder ebenfalls umstritten... In den Gerbereien in Hazari Bag, einem Stadtteil von Bangladeschs Hauptstadt Dhaka [sind] hochgiftige Schwermetalle wie Chrom-VI und Hunderte andere Chemikalien [...] in der Gerbbrühe und den Dämpfen enthalten. Schutzanzüge, Atemmasken oder Gummistiefel gibt es nicht. Und die Abwässer der Betriebe vergiften auch die Umwelt: Täglich fließen Tausende Kubikmeter aus den Gerbereien ungefiltert in den Fluss, in dem Kinder planschen... Fast alles davon ist Chromleder: Etwa 90 Prozent der Häute werden mit dem Schwermetall schnell und billig haltbar gemacht - vor allem in Lateinamerika und Asien. Denn dort sind Umweltstandards meist niedrig, und viele Menschen bereit, in den Gerbereien ihre Gesundheit aufs Spiel zu setzen - oft für weniger als einen Euro am Tag... [bezieht sich auf Lowa, Meindl, Vaude und Duckfeet]