(BGF)  - Rana plaza collapse in April 2013 waved a wake up call for improving the working conditions in Bangladesh. to the issue in the year of 2013. Mr. Arnold Zack provided BGF his views on dealing with the issue, to which the Boston Global Forum has organized several conferences to seek for solutions. In an Era of Accelerating Attention to Workplace Equity: What Place for Bangladesh? Reflections on the Bangladesh Development Conference 2014 at Harvard University  By Arnold M. Zack,...

Change your perspective: A worker cleans the windows of a building in Beijing's central business district, April 4, 2007. (Reinhard Krause / Courtesy Reuters) By Kurt M. Campbell and Ely Ratner, published on Foreign Affairs The United States is in the early stages of a substantial national project: reorienting its foreign policy to commit greater attention and resources to the Asia-Pacific region. This reformulation of U.S. priorities has emerged during a period of much-needed...

(Photo Credit: Munir Uz Zaman / AFP) By Philip Hamilton (BGF) - Recently, the Boston Global Forum was fortunate enough to interview Mark Robertson, the Head of Communications at Sedex Global. Sedex Global is a non-profit organization that works to enhance global supply chain transparency through audit information-sharing and collaboration between buyers and sellers. Following the recent tragedies in Bangladesh, supply chain issues, particularly in the context of worker safety and rights in...

The Boston Global Forum (BGF) was fortunate enough to be able to speak with Mark Robertson, the Head of Communications at Sedex Global. As Mr. Robertson outlines below, Sedex Global is a non-profit organization that aims to enhance global supply chain transparency through audit-information sharing and collaboration between buyers and sellers. The following is the interview transcription containing information on Sedex Global, global supply chain transparency, the challenges of audits in the...

(Andrew Biraj/Reuters) By Philip Hamilton (BGF) - On February 11, 2014 the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations (“the Committee”) held a hearing on the “Prospects for Democratic Reconciliation and Workers’ Rights in Bangladesh”. The hearing consisted of two panels. The first panel was composed of testimony from Nisha Desai Biswal, the Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs; Eric Biel, the Acting Associate Deputy Undersecretary for...