£2.4bn Worth Of Cancelled Orders “Catastrophic” For Bangladesh.
Music by: Simon Sizer – Prime.
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Over a million garment workers in Bangladesh have now lost their jobs, or have been sent home without pay, as the fashion industry attempts to cope with COVID-19. That’s tragically 1 quarter of the country’s garment workers!
£2.4bn worth of orders set to be made in Bangladesh have been cancelled or suspended by Western clothing brands, according to data published by the Bangladeshi and Garment Exporters Association (BGMEA). This number includes a staggering £1.3bn worth of orders that were already completed or in production that brands are now refusing to pay for!
“If they don’t pay, I can’t pay the workers,” said Mostafiz Uddin, the chief executive of the Bangladesh Apparel Exchange. He went on to say “we can’t do anything because after this is over we will need to work with these brands again so we are powerless to fight them.”
Primark and Edinburgh Woollen Mill have both cancelled huge orders. Primark claims it had “no option”, but does this excuse the brand’s actions? And what would be the right solution?
Let us know your thoughts below.
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