Establishing an effective Social Compliance platform and ensuring labour standards for workers towards to achieve LWG certification in the Leather value chain in Bangladesh

Overview

Bangladesh Labour Foundation supported with Mondiaal FNV has implemented this project in the Tannery Industrial Estate (TIE), Hazaribag & Savar, Dhaka from April 2022 to May 2023. The goal of the project is Strengthening the Trade Union (TU) to ensure social compliance in the context of workers’ rights.Moreover, to improve the living and working conditions to achieving LWG Certification and increased exports in the leather industry of Bangladesh through effective social dialogue and advocacy. This project aims ensure that the government, buyers and stakeholders involved engage in ensuring compliance to promote and achieve a decent working environment, thus maintaining proper labour standards for tannery workers in Bangladesh.

The project intervenes 50 tanneries out of 137 and the total number of beneficiaries are 2370 (Direct 1121, indirect 1250). This project has taken 9 capacity building initiatives, beneficiaries are 176 (Male-110, Female-66). Additionally, 270 awareness rising session has been taken involving 1924 beneficiaries where 74.38% were male and 25.62% were female.

Objectives

  • Social Compliance establishment through the social dialogue, advocacy and capacity building of factory workers.
  • Strengthen Trade Unions through youth development and organized the ununionised factories.
  • Improve working conditions through better OSH practices by the workers & owners and a gender-based, violence-free workplace.

Local Readymade Garments

LRMG Industry is contributed 80% of the country's local consumption. But unfortunately, the government does not recognise its significance.

Keraniganj LRMG

250000 workers are employed in LRMGs in Keraniganj, Dhaka, with 314 towers and 5714 factories. Lack of proper rules and regulations affected many facilities.

Keraniganj LRMG

250000 workers are employed in LRMGs in Keraniganj, Dhaka, with 314 towers and 5714 factories. Lack of proper rules and regulations affected many facilities.

Child Labour

Ministry of Labour has taken initiatives to eliminate child labour from Keraniganj LRMG by 2025

Decent Work

82 employers installed water filters for the workers, 15 safety committee has been formed in 15 tower and 5 tower arranged separate toilets for the female workers.

Decent Work

82 employers installed water filters for the workers, 15 safety committee has been formed in 15 tower and 5 tower arranged separate toilets for the female workers.

Stakeholders: Tannery workers, TWU, Related NGOs & CSOs, BTA & BFLLFEA, Union Parishad & Upazila Parishad, MoLE & MoI, DoL & DIFE, BSCIC.

Key Outcomes: 10 Safety Committee has been formed where Accident Register, Safety Committee Members List has been introduced. 25 factories workplace condition has been improved. A National Plan of Action has been initiated and approved by the government through advocacy and social dialogue activities where BLF is working as the secretariat of this committee.

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