The Weakest Link in the Global Supply Chain – How the Pandemic is Affecting Bangladesh’s Garment Workers

Sanchita Banerjee Saxena, Nancy Reyes Mullins, and Salil Tripathi
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#South Asia
#Social and working conditions

The readymade garment industry employs millions of workers in Bangladesh and has contributed to the nation's development. The COVID19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on the sector as malls and factories had to close and workers faced uncertain futures. This report evaluates global retailers’ response to the pandemic and its effect on Bangladesh garment workers through in-depth interviews with major international brands, Bangladeshi suppliers, trade union representatives, and international civil society, and provides recommendations that may help avert future crises.


Sanchita Banerjee Saxena

University of California at Berkeley

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