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Is the text on your country page still relevant?

Are your team members up to date? Email me with any updates or new team members (not Carry)

Are the images in the top section still relevant and do you have the 2017 dates? Check out Dropbox for all the new branding.

Social Media

Do you have the 2017 dates on your social media pages?

Are you posting regularly and sharing Fashion Revolution global posts when relevant?  Do you have someone in your team who is managing your social media channels or do you need to share that task with more people?

Have you checked out the new brand assets for social media, like quotes and stats? Find them in Dropbox

Have you shared the Get Involved Packs?  Download them from the website here.   There are images to go with them in Dropbox

Events

 

Are you starting to upload events to the website? There are updated instructions in the Social Media and Website Guidelines

 

We are having problems with the search function for events but this will not stop you uploading them.  I will let you know when the technical issues are fixed.

 

 

Influencers, celebrities, in your country

 

Have you told us about any important people who are taking part in your country, in particular large global brands, bloggers, celebrities?  Please email me nikki@fashionrevolution.org with details so that I can share with the GCT here at HQ.

 

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Aranya

Aranya was set up in the early 90’s as a fair trade micro-enterprise to establish the commercial viability of natural dyes. Due to the non-pollutant and non-toxic nature of these dyes, they tend to be environmentally friendly unlike its synthetic counterpart. It has always been one of our main agendas to promote and popularise the use of natural dyes.

24th April 2013 marked the day of the Rana Plaza collapse, crushing workers to their death, as the world watched in horror. Bangladesh is not alone when it comes to surviving infamous factory tragedies. It is a recurring narrative when lives are lost due to severe negligence from the management and administration. The media tends to have a short attention span on even the most dreadful tragedies. This however, is not a story people can afford to forget. For the 1,100 people that lost their lives during the Rana Plaza tragedy, it is not enough to simply mourn for them alongside their families and friends. The fashion industry should be working towards ethical practices in order to ensure safety for workers and the environment.

To this end, Aranya has set up a small scale production and marketing unit in Dhaka. Unlike the industrial RMG sector, we are heavily invested on our employees as we’re only working with artisans and skilled workers trained by us. We consider our employees a part of the Aranya family and we take care of our own.

Working with natural dyes, our labour intensive production process opens up job opportunities for local artisans in Bangladesh. Expansion of the industry would also create employment opportunities for countless men and women.

Regular self-assessments are conducted to ensure marginalised artisans are being assisted to raise their social and economic status and skill development initiatives are taken to help the artisans grow. We also ensure to prevent any gender discriminations and child labour within the organisation and maintain health and safety standards according to the law of the country and the International Labour Organisation Convention.

Benefits for employees include life insurance, medical insurance, providing living accommodations for majority of the workers, gratuity and festival bonuses. Our leave policy also accommodates time off from work to be allowed to study during examinations apart from casual, medical and maternity leaves and all government holidays. The salary margin for Aranya is higher than the average wage of garment factory workers and over-time opportunities are also available for selected days of the week.

Here at Aranya, we’re proud to say that no worker has ever suffered from any accidents or injuries in the line of work. We always do our very best to provide a healthy, comfortable, and most importantly, a safe environment for all our employees.

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Fashion Revolution Day 2015, project Trace My Fashion on The Daily Ittefaq

Trace My Fashion initiative will be launched on April 24, marked as the Fashion Revolution Day. Two years ago, on the same day, the largest industrial mishap in history, known as Rana Plaza Disaster, took place in Savar, claiming the lives of 1133 RMG workers, due to negligence of factory owners. This day became Fashion Revolution Day, to commemorate the workers who lost their lives and the survivors in a single day and to call for a positive change so that such an incident never happens again.

We at #FASHREV, believe in a fashion industry that values the people, the environment, creativity and profit in equal measures. Our mission is to bring everyone together to make that happen.

Fashion Revolution Day is an opportunity to celebrate fashion as a positive influence, raise awareness of the fashion industry’s most pressing issues, show that change is possible and celebrate those who are on a journey to create a more ethical and sustainable future for fashion. Together, we will rally the high street, the high end, the innovators, the fashion students, the media, the public, the activists, the makers, the wearers – and everyone in between.

A few companies including RMG industry giants like BexTex (Upcycle Project) and Desh Garments, and social initiatives such as Living Blue and Freindship Bangladesh, have stepped forward to open up about their brand and supply chain, the steps they are taking to rectify and improve their worker and environment standards, wages and safety issues of their workers.

Trace My Fashion has also partnered up with Lensational a Hong Kong based nonprofit to tell stories about the workers through their lenses. Workers from a factory were given digital cameras after a workshop on how to use cameras by Lensational in collaboration with BUFT.

The event will highlight QR Code project #tracemyfashion in order to promote transparency in the Fashion Industry. Fashion Revolution Bangladesh in partnership with BGMEA University of Fashion & Technology – BUFT and Hong
Kong-based non-profit, Lensational will launch an interactive platform to answer #whomademyclothes and Norway based organization Fashion Footprint.

Through Trace my fashion initiative and Fashion Revolution Bangladesh, it is aimed to document the positive changes of Bangladesh’s RMG Sector and exhibit our findings on Fashion Revolution Day. We want to give consumers more than the label ‘Made in Bangladesh’. Many factories and brands are weary of new initiatives. Therefore, our aim is to grow gradually.

On Fashion Revolution Day we will present our case company products through QR Codes. Through QR Codes BUFT Students and Trace My Fashion will present an interactive experience (through website link) highlighting the ethical practices of these case companies for consumers. Interested visitors will be able to use their smart phones as scanners on the QR Code, which when scanned, will provide information on the company, its supply chain, the invisible workforce behind making the products.

We have also partnered up with local Media Dhaka Tribune, Daily Ittafaq, Colours FM , ICE Today and ICE Business Times to do our campaign, research and publish periodical articles.

Our initial aim is to get the factories and brands to open up to us. It has been almost two years since the tragic Rana Plaza incident took place. The incident has been a wake up call for the sector and in these two years we have seen a complete transformation of the Bangladesh Apparel Industry. The praise of reformation comes directly from the international experts like ILO, Accord, and Alliance who have been looking into the inspection of factories.

Bangladesh RMG sector and BGMEA has amended labour laws; initiated relevant trainings, with the help of Bangladesh Government, have compensated the victims of Rana Plaza, and rehabilitated the injured workers and their families. We encourage the commitment of the brands to provide support through these changes.

Our plan is to eventually add the certificates of audit firms like Accord and Alliance to the case companies we feature on our website. The positive side is that various stakeholders in RMG industry is actively taking part in improving the overall situation because they want to remain on top of this billion dollar industry and gradually aim to achieve even a higher standard through ethical practices within their capacity. Since the movement has begun, change is inevitable.

Follow Link: http://www.clickittefaq.com/culture/fashion-revolution-day-2015-project-trace-my-fashion/

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MIB Spirit: Made In Bangladesh

Made in Bangladesh is life style and accessories brand that ignites the feeling of patriotism and local wisdom. We are small group of people trying to change how consumers perceive lifestyle goods made in Bangladesh worldwide. We think that all material used in the process of making can be locally sourced, be green and stylish while still holding to top-notch quality to meet global standards. If you’re in line with our beliefs, stay with us.

We’re the crazy ones who think they can change the world, one small item at a time.