Opinion

June 21, 2021
June 21, 2021

Apparel industry needs a clearer strategy for donor funding

Inter-national donors have played a key role in the development of the Bangladesh economy in recent years. Many global donors have huge purse strings and are often able to fund projects that...

June 14, 2021
June 14, 2021

Our industry is digitising rapidly, are we ready?

We all knew the global pandemic would change the business world in some way but, until recently, it has been difficult to pinpoint precisely how. For many of us, the past 16 months have been a...

June 7, 2021
June 7, 2021

We need new ways to measure business success

What makes a successful year for a business? The traditional way we define business success is through financials. With public companies, each quarter we receive an update, as well as an annual...

May 31, 2021
May 31, 2021

Let’s all pull together on apparel industry safety

Bangladesh apparel industry stands at a critical juncture. The industry has achieved significant improvements in safety and is making steady strides in sustainability.

May 24, 2021
May 24, 2021

Bangladesh needs a more comprehensive trade strategy

In my last article in The Daily Star, I wrote that Bangladesh needs to urgently act to retain the GSP+ facility post-LDC status.

May 18, 2021
May 18, 2021

Bangladesh needs a clear strategy for GSP+

This February, Bangladesh received the endorsement of the United Nations Committee for Development Policy (UNCDP) regarding its final timeline for exiting the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) group...

May 10, 2021
May 10, 2021

2030 not 2050 should be our climate goal

We are seeing a growing number of brands, retailers and manufacturers setting climate targets at present. In many cases they are establishing science-based targets aimed at limiting global warming...

May 3, 2021
May 3, 2021

Bangladesh apparel industry: It’s time to shift perceptions

For better or worse, Bangladesh as a sourcing hub has become the global bellwether for CSR issues in apparel supply chains.

April 26, 2021
April 26, 2021

Why we need an industry charter on buying practices

Must we keep on making the same old mistakes? Last year during the pandemic, I wrote extensively about the issue of purchasing practices and their impact on garment supply chains and their workers.

April 19, 2021
April 19, 2021

The global apparel sector: Winners and losers of the pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has hit virtually all businesses—but some have been hit harder than others. Indeed, some have barely been hit at all and a lucky few have thrived during the pandemic.