Steven Greenhouse, the labor and workplace reporter for The New York Times, published an article yesterday portraying the rising tension between the European- and American-led garment multinationals in resolving workers' issues. Boston Global Forum is honored to support Steve's research when inviting him to join our Online Conference on November 18th, 2013. For the original version of Steve's article, please...

In order to serve your needs in time, we have uploaded the audio file first. Please visit our website regularly for additional updates. Click below to access our recording for the November 18th Online Conference. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjlAB6K2l4w Also, here are some major points of the discussion summarized by our correspondent. I.      Jeff Krilla, Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety “Shared suppliers make up approximately 50% of the Alliance factory list,...

Prior to the Conference, BGF is receiving comments and questions from participants. Here are some of them: 1. Lan Phuong Bui (Deputy Director, Vietnam Institute of America Studies): How could multi-lateral treaties such as the TPP help improve workers' safety especially in developing countries?  2. Salil Tripathi (Director, Worker Safety IHRB): There has been considerable focus on western brands and companies. Who is exerting pressure on Bangladeshi companies?  3. Khurrum Siddique...

From Singapore

Dr. Vu Minh Khuong, Assistant Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore has sent BGF his comments and question as following: Comment: “React” or “reform” is an important indicator when one assesses how far a nation can go in turning a severe disaster such as the Rana Plaza factory collapse into a powerful driver for change and transformation. While the “react” approach may lead to some punishment, review, and revision, its effects are not...

  Here are a couple of questions from Arnold Zack, Mediator/Professor at Harvard Law School: I realize the focus of the Accord has been on factory safety which obviously impacts employees, but the greater problem is the workplace conditions of factory workers (wages, unpaid overtime, illegally long hours, punishment for unionizing, etc).  Given the endemic corruption of the Bangladeshi government what avenues would you recommend for providing better wages and working conditions for...