Sanchita Banerjee Saxena, Nancy Reyes Mullins, Salil Tripathi · 2021
IHRB & Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh studies at UC Berkeley

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

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.

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Sanchita Banerjee Saxena

Sanchita Banerjee Saxena
University of California at Berkeley

Dr. Sanchita Banerjee Saxena is a researcher working at the intersection of social science, public policy, and human rights. She is currently the Executive Director of the Institute for South Asia Studies at UC Berkeley and the Director of the Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies under the Institute. She is also a lecturer of responsible business at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. Dr. Saxena is the editor of Labor, Global Supply Chains, and the Garment Industry in South Asia: Bangladesh after Rana Plaza (Routledge, 2020) and author of Made in Bangladesh, Cambodia, and Sri Lanka: The Labor Behind the Global Garments and Textiles Industries (Cambria Press, 2014). She has been a Practitioner Resident at the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center in Italy and a Public Policy Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington D.C. She is currently a non-resident Research Fellow at the Institute of Human Rights and Business and serves on the BRAC USA Advisory Council. She frequently gives invited lectures and publishes commentaries in the popular media. Dr. Saxena holds a PhD in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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