Shruthi Rao has over a decade of experience in sustainability project management, from inception to implementation. She has worked on environmentally sustainable projects across various industries, including education, newspaper publishing, and IT, encompassing areas such as carbon and water footprint analysis, data center energy efficiency, life cycle assessment (LCA) and e-waste management, and building business case for renewable energy. Working at A Clean Future (ACF) as a managing...

Even though championed by many people as the representative model for the improvement of international labor standard, Better Factories Cambodia has recently come under pressure and criticism from both the Cambodian government and the factory association when the group decided to introduce an extensive initiative to improve garment workers' conditions. This dilemma comes as the authority argues that tougher supervision will force businesses out of Cambodia and into less-regulated neighboring...

Professor John Quelch, the co-founder and member of Board of Director of Boston Global Forum, is a distinguished Professor of Business Administration, who has has recently authored a Harvard Business School case study on the tragic Rana Plaza garment factory collapse that claimed 1127 lives on April 24, 2013. The case study offers an insightful snapshot of the reform analysis needed in the garment manufacturing industry. He currently leads the discussion on Boston Global Forum on this globally...

Bangladeshi government must be responsible to push up factory inspections, and manufacturers should invest more into making their factories safer. And the more important thing is that U.S and European retailers must demand it and help pay for it. However, behind all these facts, a huge order of clothing in a short time from giant retailers which lead to subcontracting by manufacturer is a major obstacle to improving safety in Bangladesh’s garment industry – the owners of clothing factory in...

The Rana Plaza factory collapse has sought greater commitment from brands across the world especially with regard to auditing procedures in their supply chains. But what exactly is an auditing process, who are its key players, how did it evolve and how can it be made most effective? Rachelle Jackson, Director of Sustainability and Innovation at Arche Advisors, a corporate social responsibility advisory services firm, takes the time to answer these questions in an interview with Boston Global...