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Unweaving the Threads

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By unweaving the stories woven within the RMG sector of Bangladesh, this podcast emphasizes the voices of workers, factory managers, influential figures, and industry experts through a multitude of interviews. Each episode sheds light on the challenges faced within the industry, while also highlighting the progress made within labor laws in the past decade.

Listen to the voices that make up the industry below or on Spotify.

Image: Interviewing Ms. Zaman, Head of Sustainability at Fakir Apparels

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Within this episode of Unweaving the Threads, I delve into the tragedy of the Rana Plaza building collapse with insights from interviews of esteemed guests, including Professor Quelch from Harvard Business School, Professor Dey from The University of Dhaka, and Lovelu Mia, a worker currently employed at Dulal Brothers Limited (DBL) Group, a diversified conglomerate with a focus on the garments industry. The discussion prompts the profound impact of this catastrophe, which served as a catalyst for labor reforms in Bangladesh's Ready-Made Garments (RMG) industry. 

The Tears of Rana Plaza
00:00 / 06:37

Episode 1

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In this episode of Unweaving the Threads, I emphasize the role brands played in enforcing labor reforms within the RMG sector of Bangladesh. I invite Mr. Mohammed Zahidullah, the chief sustainability officer at DBL Group, Mr. Mashook Chouwdry, a Manager of Sustainability at DBL Group, and Ms. Zaman, the Head of Sustainability at Fakir Apparels to share how they have seen the contribution of brands in promoting rights for the labor workforce.

Brands Going Beyond Fabrics
00:00 / 07:33

Episode 3

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In the fifth episode of Unweaving the Threads, I untangle the obstacles still plaguing the RMG industry in Bangladesh with the help of the perspectives shared by Mr. Anis, the Program Manager of Better Work, Mr. Mohammad Zahidullah, the Chief Sustainability Officer at DBL Group, Ms. Zaman, the Head of Sustainability at Fakir Apparels, Professor Dey from the University of Dhaka, and Sra Muni, a female Supervisor at DBL Group.

Episode 5

Untangling Today's Obstacles
00:00 / 12:08
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In the second episode of Unweaving the Threads, we hear from Professor Quelch from Harvard Business School, Professor Dey from The University of Dhaka, Mr. Miran Ali, the Vice President of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), and Ms. Zaman, the Head of Sustainability at Fakir Apparels, a company manufacturing garments, to find the silver lining of the Rana Plaza building collapse by looking at reforms that took place in the aftermath of the tragedy.

Finding the Silver Lining
00:00 / 08:56

Episode 2

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The fourth episode of Unweaving the Threads focuses on the women that make up the RMG industry in Bangladesh. I welcome Ms. Zaman, the Head of Sustainability at Fakir Apparels, Mr. Anis, the Program Manager of Better Work, a program made in partnership with the ILO and IFC, Sra Muni, a female Supervisor at DBL Group, Jonatha, a female Line of Chief at DBL Group, Jannatul, a female Security Guard, Shumia, a female Governance Worker at DBL Group's Daycare Center, and Ms. Chaity, who works in BGMEA’s Center of Innovation, Efficiency, and Occupational Safety and Health. Through these various voices, labor reforms that have directly addressed the needs of women are highlighted and we see the progress that has been made for the female workers in the past decade.

Stitching Hope for Women
00:00 / 15:44

Episode 4

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The final episode of Unweaving the Threads looks ahead as Mr. Mohammad Zahidullah, the Chief Sustainability Officer at DBL Group, Mr. Anis, the Program Manager of Better Work, Ms. Zaman, the Head of Sustainability at Fakir Apparels, Mr. Mashook Chouwdry, a Manager of Sustainability at DBL Group, and Mr. Miran Ali, the Vice President of the BGMEA all consider the future of fashion as Bangladesh's LDC graduation approaches in 2026.

Episode 6

The Future of Fashion in Bangladesh
00:00 / 09:28

Thank you to all those who contributed to Unweaving the Threads by illuminating both the progress made within the past decade and the challenges that still need to be overcome within the RMG Sector of Bangladesh.

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