Bleak outlook for Bangladesh’s non-member sites

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DHAKA – A ‘rapid survey’ conducted by the developers of the Mapped in Bangladesh transparency tool at BRAC University has assessed the impacts of COVID-19 on non-member garment producers across the country’s key manufacturing districts.

The team at BRAC, whose beta platform provides an overview of factory operations across Dhaka, Gazipur, Narayanganj and Chattogram, says this first-of-its-kind insight hones in on the operations of an often forgotten segment of its RMG industry, those not members of either the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) or Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA).

Of the 448 factories which participated in the survey, 240 say they have no orders in the pipeline, whilst the remainder have on average just two to look ahead to.

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