In Bangladesh, some 25 million people are employed in the garment industry, making it the key lifeline for countless families. With the prevalence of garment factories there also comes an increased risk of child rights violations. Therefore there is a strong need for initiatives that place child rights and the needs of working parents centerfield. 

What is it?

In 2016 UNICEF piloted the Children's Rights and Business Programme for the Garment Industry in Bangladesh, which aims to establish family-friendly workplaces that improve the situation of working parents and their children, adolescent workers and surrounding communities. The program was developed jointly by CCR CSR and FLA within the framework of the Child Rights & Business Principles (CRBP). 

In addition to implementing workplaces that directly improve conditions for workers, the initiative also aims to create awareness of the impact of the garment industry on the rights of children and working parents in Bangladesh, and strives towards initiating long-term, replicable change in industry practices. 

What's been done so far?

On July 27, 2017 participating companies gathered to learn about the project’s progress, highlights from the baseline assessment and to discuss upcoming priorities for implementation. The assessment, which involved a worker survey, factory information survey and factory walkthrough and included 1125 participants, found the following: 

The senior management from participating factory expressed their commitment to prioritize their focus areas based on the assessment and to work towards becoming a model factory. A follow-up assessment will be conducted at the end of the project to measure changes/improvements.