The Weakest Link in the Global Supply Chain

The Weakest Link in the Global Supply Chain

  8 - 9:30 a.m.
   On Zoom (Off Campus)
Sanchita Banerjee Saxena, Salil Tripathi, Ayesha Barenblat, Dorothee Baumann-Pauly, Sadaf Saaz Siddiqi

As the coronavirus spread across the world in early 2020 and a lockdown in Bangladesh became inevitable, businesses were forced to respond quickly to the evolving situation. This report is drawn from in-depth interviews conducted between October 2020 and February 2021 with senior executives from international brands, Bangladeshi suppliers, representatives of the international civil society, and Bangladeshi labor activists. It seeks to understand the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the industry and the workers, and it proposes changes to policies and practices that can lead to long-term changes that would benefit global retailers, suppliers, and ultimately workers themselves. As Bangladesh’s second lockdown is underway, the findings offer a cautionary tale on how brands and supply chains should respond.

Please read the report HERE

DATE: Wednesday, May 11, 2021
TIME: 8am Berkeley | 11 am New York | 9 pm Dhaka | Calculate your local time

Established in 2013 with a generous gift from the Subir & Malini Chowdhury Foundation, The Subir & Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies at UC Berkeley champions the study of Bangladesh’s cultures, peoples and history. The first of its kind in the US, the Center’s mission is to create an innovative model combining research, scholarships, the promotion of art and culture, and the building of ties between institutions in Bangladesh and the University of California.

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