Bangladesh

Overview

Transparentem has worked hard to help alleviate serious environmental and human rights abuses within Bangladesh’s leather-tanning industry. Our first investigation documented pollution, child labor, and hazardous conditions in Hazaribagh, then the center of Bangladesh’s tanning operations. Environmental researchers and activists had labelled the neighborhood one of “the world’s 10 most polluted places.” In April 2017, just two weeks after Transparentem disclosed the investigation, the government of Bangladesh fulfilled a years-old court order and shut down roughly 150 tanneries in Hazaribagh. Many of these companies moved their operations to a tannery estate in Savar, where we continued to monitor ongoing labor and environmental problems in the industry. Transparentem’s 2020 survey of Savar tannery workers collected evidence of exploitative working conditions, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In 2019 and 2020, Transparentem disclosed investigations revealing evidence that migrant workers from Bangladesh—who are particularly vulnerable to exploitation and forced labor—paid excessive recruitment-related fees to secure work at garment factories in Malaysia. More information about these investigations can be found here.

Our Work in Bangladesh

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Our Work in Bangladesh

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Transparentem’s Bangladesh Work in the News

Asia Global
“Sophie Broach, an investigations analyst at the global workers’ rights advocate Transparentem, writes about the...
Forbes
“The report Hidden Harm: Audit Deception in Apparel Supply Chains and the Urgent Case for...
Bloomberg
“In interviews at almost 20 factories and spinning mills in India, Malaysia and Myanmar, Transparentem...
Ecotextile
Audit deception is common in global apparel supply chains according to a new report from...