Globalization And Sustainability Of Bangladesh Garment Industry

The organizing committee of the annual Harvard University Seminar on Bangladesh invites you to attend the International Seminar on ‘Globalization and Sustainability of Bangladesh Garment Industry’ on Saturday, June 14th, 2014 at Harvard University. The day-long seminar is being organized jointly by South Asia Institute at Harvard, Harvard University Center for Environment and International Sustainable Development Institute (ISDI), Inc. and South Asian students and professionals at Harvard Medical School, HSPH, Harvard Law School and Harvard College.

Start Date: 14th June, 2014 (08:00:00am)
End Date: 14th June, 2014 (07:00:00pm)



The Harvard South Asia Institute

1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138, USA


The objective of this year’s seminar is to explore the linkages among development, garment sector and environmental health and safety issues in low-income economies, with a focus on Bangladesh.  It will highlight the actors and factors that impinge on this linkage at national and global levels. The deliberation will explore how the development partners can more effectively facilitate and assist in solving the key problems for sustaining the competitiveness of the Bangladesh garment industry. How to enhance the role of international community and experts for practical solutions will be a topic of discussion.


The seminar plans to bring together experts, industry people, NGO representatives and practitioners from development agencies and high level policy makers from Bangladesh and USA. Participants will include representatives from Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) and Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA), workers rights groups, international organizations such as the ILO, United Nations Agencies, and representatives from international financial institutions.

The organizing committee welcomes papers and presentations dealing with aspects of the global economy, garment industry, trade and development in the context of Bangladesh garments and apparel industry and the role of international community and development partners.

For further information, please contact:
Mohammed Iqbal Yousuf
Conference Coordinator
Tel: 617-416-9036; E-mail:

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Session 1: State of Bangladesh Garment Industry

Session 2: Globalization and Labor Standards

Session 3: Trade and Investment Cooperation - Worker rights and Safety

Session 4: Working Condition, Fire and Building Safety Challenges

Session 5: Responsible and Sustainable Sourcing

Session 6: The Role of International Development Partners

Bangladesh Development Conference 2014

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Directions From Logan Airport

If you are flying into Boston's Logan Airport, use the subway or take a taxi from the airport to Harvard Square, Cambridge.

By Taxi

Taking a taxi is a convenient way to get from Logan Airport to the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The ride takes about 20 minutes and the fare is approximately $30-$40. Ask the driver to take you to the The Harvard South Asia Institute, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138.

By Subway

Go to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) website for a subway map and schedule.

Take the Silver Line (MBTA bus/subway) inbound to South Station. The Silver Line has a stop located outside of all terminals.

At South Station, get on the Red Line northbound toward Alewife Station. Take this train to the Harvard Square station.

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Globalization And Sustainability Of Bangladesh Garment Industry

Globalization And Sustainability Of Bangladesh Garment Industry

Thank you to the individuals who helped make the Harvard University Bangladesh Development Conference 2014 successful. Please see the magazine for contents & operations support name.

  •  - The South Asia Institute at Hardvard University
  •  - Hardvard university Center for the environment
  •  - Hardvard University Edmond J.Safra Center for Ethics
  •  - BGMEA
  •  - UL
  •  - NFPA

Start Date: 14th June, 2014 (09:00:00am)
End Date: 14th June, 2014 (08:00:00pm)
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International Sustainable Development Institute (ISDI)

Session 1: State of Bangladesh Garment Industry

The panelists in this session will discuss the historical progression of the garment industry in Bangladesh over the last four decades in the context of a need for efficiency and continued sustainable growth. The discussion will highlight the road to emergence of the second largest exporter of garment products in the world and its role in the growth of textile and other linkage industries in Bangladesh and in the creation of jobs for women and their empowerment. The panelists will discuss the role of innovation, green technology, efficient use of water and energy resources, and sustainable business practices.

Session 2: Globalization and Labor Standards

In this session the panelists will explore how the challenges of globalization impact on workplace safety and working conditions in the Bangladesh garment industry, the problems of achieving international standards under current conditions in Bangladesh and the role that the overseas consumers and brands, the local factories, governments and NGOs can play in bringing safety and working conditions up to a level of international acceptability. At that point Bangladesh should be able to play a positive role in assuring transparency and effectiveness as a model for other countries.

Session 3: Trade and Investment Cooperation - Worker rights and Safety

This panel will discuss how changes in policy by the Governments of US, Bangladesh and other countries as well as action by manufacturing factories, brands and retailers can help to improve workplace safety for garment and other workers. The panelists will discuss the status of US administration recommended action plan for the Government of Bangladesh after last year factory disasters. The panelists will discuss the status of potential reinstatement of GSP trade benefits as well as the impact of removing the trade barriers of the Bangladesh products in order to boost the Bangladesh economy.

Session 4: Working Condition, Fire and Building Safety Challenges

The panelists in this session will explore why the infrastructural development in Bangladesh has not kept pace with the growth of the industry. They will discuss possible solutions to these challenges. Specifically, they will chart a path on how to ensure suppliers, manufacturers and buyers participation in overcoming the safety and health issues of the workers. The panelists will explore appropriate business models and optimal (efficient) allocation of resources for implementing the best practices.

Session 5: Responsible and Sustainable Sourcing

The panelists will discuss the need for increased visibility and transparency in the supply chain with the aim of improving workers' safety and work place benefits. They will elaborate how together with the suppliers and exporters the brands and retailers can identify and assess risk, make the supply chain process more transparent and manage risk. The discussion will stress how Bangladeshi suppliers can work together with the fashion houses and retailers in monitoring, cost-sharing, and process improvement for greater efficiency. The discussion will also focus on stablishing reliable supply chain governance as well as role of brands, governments, NGOs, and local enterprises in achieving these goals.

Session 6: Role of International Development Partners

The panelists will discuss the role of international development agencies. They will explain the importance of brands/retailers, factories, and testing labs working and communicating together to establish a clear plan to check for product safety compliance, as well as minimizing the costs associated with this. The panelists will provide recommendations on how to enhance the partnership with development organizations for sustainable trade relations to improve the current structure of fair wages, benefits, occupational safety, health, insurance, job security and training for garment workers.


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