RMG NOTES | The Daily Star
  • ‘Bouncing back better’ will come at a price

    It has been around one year since the coronavirus pandemic began to bring about sweeping changes in our industry.

  • Apparel suppliers must do due diligence on ailing brands

    As we all know, the past 12 months have seen many apparel retailers go bust, leaving a trail of financial destruction in their wake.

  • Amid industry upheaval, Bangladesh is a safe pair of hands

    High streets around the world are changing rapidly. The coronavirus pandemic has led to a great many store closures and seen more and more businesses shift online in our major export markets.

  • Western dealmakers shouldn’t forget about Bangladeshi apparel suppliers

    Who is thinking of the manufacturers? Who is considering the garment workers?

  • Pursuing climate action in the Bangladesh apparel industry

    Many of us will have heard the story of the boiled frog. Legend has it that if you put a frog in a pot of boiling water, it will instantly leap out. But if you put it in a pot filled with pleasantly tepid water and gradually heat it, the frog will remain in the water until it boils to death.

  • Key sustainability issues for 2021

    Issues around sustainability come and go, but some topics will remain as important now as they were before the current global pandemic began.

  • Distant climate actions are dooming global apparel industry

    We are hearing a lot of businesses and brands make pledges about the climate at present. Along with pledges to cut climate emissions, there is talk of cutting water use, chemical use, and addressing a range of other supply chain issues. The overall goal is to improve sustainability.

  • Sustainability marketing needs to up its game

    How do we as consumers make the right purchasing decisions? Most of us these days wish to buy products and services with a reduced environmental footprint.

  • Is there an alternative to fast fashion?

    At present, the RMG industry in Bangladesh employs around four million people, a large majority of them women with dependent families.

  • Lopsided nature of global fashion industry and why change is needed

    The global apparel industry is broken and only urgent, drastic surgery can fix it. I am not talking about another initiative or another public relations exercise. I am talking about deep, systemic change to be agreed by all involved—by brands, by suppliers, governments, unions and NGOs.

  • What does the second wave of Covid-19 mean for the apparel industry?

    During the past few months, I had worked on a documentary for the BBC which looks at the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the apparel industry of Bangladesh.

  • Circular economy is here to stay, so embrace it!

    In the past 12 months, we have seen overwhelming commitments made by the global apparel industry towards circular economy and making fashion circular.

  • A crisis like no other: But what have we learned?

    We are still here and still fighting, even though the past few months have been tough. Myself, and many of my contemporaries running garment factories in Bangladesh are well qualified, experienced, we have the training and we have the knowledge. But absolutely nothing could have prepared us for the past few months.

  • Putting consumers at the centre of green buying

    In the discussions around climate impacts and business, a missing link is often the consumer.

  • For a better planet, we must all do our part

    One of my favourite quotes goes something like this: “The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil but by those who watch them without doing anything.” The quote is by Albert Einstein and was made with reference to how easy it is for tyrannical leaders to take power and wreak havoc.

  • Bangladesh must be in the premier league of a new apparel industry

    A new study by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) suggests that the impact of the coronavirus pandemic will be deep and long-lasting.

  • Small can be beautiful in a post-Covid world

    The huge changes we are seeing in the global apparel industry right now are bewildering and unsettling for many of us. A tsunami has swept through the Bangladesh apparel sector and it is hard to believe that things will ever be quite the same again in our industry.

  • Climate change is the real challenge, not coronavirus

    The coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc within the global apparel industry and its supply chains and continues to have a devastating impact on sourcing hubs such as our own.

  • Supplier crisis shows why retailer bankruptcy laws need reform

    Running a business is a hard slog. It involves long hours, lots of stress, lots of responsibility and rarely a time to switch off and relax. I am not complaining—that is the life I have chosen, and I feel blessed I have been given the privilege to run my own company.

  • Harnessing the power of partnerships

    One of the most disappointing aspects of the Covid-19 crisis, which has done so much damage to our industry, was with regard to some of the emails and letters businesses received from their apparel brand customers.

  • Fast fashion’s thorny question

    One thing there has yet to be much discussion about since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic is the issue of waste. We know that hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of garment and textile orders have been cancelled or postponed.

  • Apparel industry needs to recognise its true worth

    “If you don’t know your own value, somebody will tell you your value, and it’ll be less than you’re worth,” stated Bernard Hopkins Jr, one of the most successful boxers of the past three decades.

  • Why consumers are complicit in workers’ sufferings

    In the United Kingdom, they have a small but thriving garment industry in Leicester, an industrial city about 100 miles north of London.

  • Time to put workers first

    The past two decades have seen the onward march of the corporate social responsibility agenda in the global apparel industry.

  • Where next for our industry beyond Covid-19?

    Three months after most of the major global markets of Bangladeshi garments entered a lockdown period and closed many of their shops, we are beginning to get a better picture of how the industry might look as we move beyond Covid-19.

  • Garments industry needs evolution, not revolution

    We need to do better. We need a complete “industry reset”. We “cannot go back to the way things were before”. I hear all of these sentiments and read about them each day on my various social media feeds. Part of me thinks, “yes, we must strive for a better industry”.

  • Don’t let the price fool you

    I have posted on social media regularly about the issue of brands delaying payments to suppliers in the wake of growing concerns about Covid-19.

  • Global suppliers are stronger working together

    There are very few positives to be taken from the past few weeks as Covid-19 has wreaked havoc around the world, killing otherwise healthy people—and placing otherwise healthy businesses on life-support. In fact, as I write this, a great many garment suppliers globally are in urgent need of their own “intensive care”. Cash is the lifeblood of our industry, and right now, many thousands if not tens of thousands of garment factories around the world are running out of it.

  • How apparel buyers can support their manufacturing partners

    The Covid-19 pandemic is wreaking havoc throughout the global fashion industry. A recently updated report by McKinsey and Company and the Business of Fashion—“The State of Fashion 2020”—states that the global fashion industry will face a 27 percent to 30 percent contraction in business due to the outbreak of the virus.

  • Trust between apparel manufacturers and brands is another victim of Covid-19

    The building of trust, meaningful relationships between manufacturers and customers in the global apparel industry has played a vital role in the continuing success of the sector.