Regulating factory safety in the Bangladeshi garment industry

James, Philip ORCID logoORCID:, Miles, Lilian ORCID logoORCID:, Croucher, Richard ORCID logoORCID: and Houssart, Mark ORCID logoORCID: (2019) Regulating factory safety in the Bangladeshi garment industry. Regulation & Governance, 13 (3) . pp. 431-444. ISSN 1748-5983 [Article] (doi:10.1111/rego.12183)

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This paper examines how far the workplace inspection programme established under the 2013 Accord on Fire and Building Safety has served to improve safety in Bangladesh garment factories, and the extent to which its operation has been influenced by the factors that the literature suggests are important in shaping the outcomes of private regulatory initiatives. Its findings suggest that such regulation can generate positive outcomes, even in the absence of strong public regulatory support. They also caution against discounting the role of compliance-based enforcement strategies, while highlighting the importance of their adequate resourcing and transparency. Some support is also offered for the argument that such regulatory initiatives could directly influence the market dynamics that shape supplier working conditions.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Leadership, Work and Organisations
Item ID: 22809
Notes on copyright: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: James, P., Miles, L., Croucher, R. and Houssart, M. (2018), Regulating factory safety in the Bangladeshi garment industry. Regulation & Governance, 13: 431-444. doi:10.1111/rego.12183, which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving [].
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Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2017 16:35
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