Buying With a Conscience - Garments Made in Bangladesh?

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Buying With a Conscience - Garments Made in Bangladesh?

Time: May 19, 2014 from 5:15pm to 7:15pm
Location: Kanaris lecture theatre
Street: Oxford Road
City/Town: Manchester
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Phone: +44 (0) 161 275 6914
Event Type: panel, discussion
Organized By: Rowena Harding
Latest Activity: May 13, 2014

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Event Description

Bangladesh is the world’s second largest garment exporter supplying most major brands. Yet it has a reputation for poor working conditions and factory disasters, including the collapse of Rana Plaza in 2013 killing over 1,000 workers.  These tragedies prompted the formation of the Accord on Fire and Building Safety, an unprecedented coalition between 150+ brands and key trade unions.

Some question whether we should buy clothes from Bangladesh. Others are working proactively to ensure conditions for workers improve.

This panel discussion brings together leading researchers and actors to debate whether we can buy Bangladesh garments with a conscience – and what can be done to improve conditions for workers in the industry.


This panel discussion follows on from Dr Barrientos’ programme of work on global value chains

Keynote speaker:

  • Richard Locke, Professor, Brown University, USA

Panellists and Chair:

  • Rosey Hurst, Director, Impactt, UK
  • Jenny Holdcroft, Policy Director, IndustriAll
  • Shamima Sultana, Co-ordinator Awaj Foundation, Bangladesh     
  • Shafiq Hassan, Managing Director, Echotex, Bangladesh and Echo Sourcing UK
  • Adil Rehman, Programme Manager, NEXT Group Plc
  • Stephanie Barrientos, Professor, University of Manchester 

The event is now full but you can follow the livestream - register at and ask questions to panellists via twitter to @brookspoverty #BanglaBuy

Join the TED conversation before the event. Details to follow. 

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