Present at the last day of Sourcing at MAGIC in Las Vegas was the Bangladesh Ambassador to the United States Akramul Qader, speaking with the key players in the retail and wholesale industry about labor issues Bangladesh is facing today.
Together with Toptenwholesale.com CEO Jason Prescott, Sourcing at MAGIC’s Director of International Business Development Bob Berg, United States Association of Importers of Textiles and Apparel (USA-ITA) President Julia Hughes and Global Softlines for SGS Consumer Testing Services Deputy Vice President Dr. Karen Kyllo, the ambassador mainly discussed about workers safety, factory inspections, minimum wage as well as the current political and business situation in Bangladesh.
Bangladesh is the 3rd largest apparel exporter in the world and considered as a great manufacturing hub for many, including some of the biggest names in the apparel industry.
In order to address these labor issues, the ambassador said that the Bangladesh government is acting more rapidly than ever to bring about changes for the massive improvement of the country’s domestic infrastructure and laborer’s safety and security. New compliance standards are also being developed and implemented with the help of factory owners and importers.
Some labor measures are now being taken in to account such as:
- Forming unions for factory owners
- Establishing teams of inspectors and engineers employed by the government
- Increasing the minimum wage of workers
Bangladesh sponsored a pavilion of socially compliant and reputable factories at Sourcing at MAGIC.