Child Rights in Bangladesh 


Bangladesh is one of the world’s largest garment exporters, with the ready-made garment (RMG) sector accounting for 84 percent of Bangladesh’s exports and employing approximately four million garment workers, mostly women. Although progress has been made in addressing working conditions, significant challenges and risks related to child rights remain. These challenges are being aggravated by the global COVID-19 pandemic, which has had a significant impact on the sector, with thousands of workers having lost their jobs or facing income insecurity. 


Child labour is also still a big issue in Bangladesh, and has worsened due to the pandemic. Almost 1.2 million children aged between 5 and 14 are believed to be engaged in the workforce according to the ILO. Job loss of family members, low wages and growing poverty are some of the driving factors of child labour in Bangladesh. The Centre has been working in Bangladesh’s RMG sector since 2017 to support factories in establishing family-friendly workplaces. Our assessments have found that more action is needed to ensure adequate employer-supported childcare, maternity protection and support, young worker protection, stronger health and safety measures, among other areas.

Supporting You in Bangladesh 


The Centre has staff in Bangladesh and works with a network of consultants located in Dhaka and Chittagong. We have been working in Bangladesh’s RMG sector since 2017 to support factories in establishing family-friendly workplaces and also to prevent and remediate child labour cases. Our child rights risks assessments in Bangladesh show that more action is needed to ensure adequate employer-supported childcare, maternity protection and support, young worker protection, stronger health and safety measures, among other areas. All of the services that The centre offers are available in Bangladesh. 


Browse Our Work in Bangladesh

A Child Labour Case Helps a Bangladeshi Girl Break a Vicious Cycle and a Subcontractor Recruit More Responsibly
31/05/2021 | Stories
A Child Labour Case Helps a Bangladeshi Girl Break a Vicious Cycle and a Subcontractor Recruit More Responsibly
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Child Labour Remediation: The Story of a Bangladeshi Boy Re-integrated into Education
21/05/2021 | Stories
Child Labour Remediation: The Story of a Bangladeshi Boy Re-integrated into Education
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UNICEF’s BB4C Programme in Bangladesh Shows How Worker Support Programmes Can Thrive, Even During a Pandemic
04/04/2021 | Project updates
UNICEF’s BB4C Programme in Bangladesh Shows How Worker Support Programmes Can Thrive, Even During a Pandemic
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Child Labour in Focus: Bangladesh Child Labour Case Gains the Support of an Entire Village
17/03/2020 | Stories
Child Labour in Focus: Bangladesh Child Labour Case Gains the Support of an Entire Village
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UNICEF Supply Chain Mapping in Bangladesh
21/06/2019 | Project updates
UNICEF Supply Chain Mapping in Bangladesh
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'Children's Voices' Short Film: A Factory in Bangladesh Makes it Possible for a Mother to Return to Work
07/12/2018 | Stories
'Children's Voices' Short Film: A Factory in Bangladesh Makes it Possible for a Mother to Return to Work
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'Children's Voices: Four Countries, Four Stories' - A Film in Collaboration with Global Child Forum
21/09/2018 | Stories
'Children's Voices: Four Countries, Four Stories' - A Film in Collaboration with Global Child Forum
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Could this be the Most Child Friendly Factory in China?
08/08/2016 | Stories
Could this be the Most Child Friendly Factory in China?
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24 Hours with a Young Migrant Worker
12/12/2013 | Stories
24 Hours with a Young Migrant Worker
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Child Labour Remediation Service Now Available in Ten Major Sourcing Countries, Including India
29/07/2021 | News
Child Labour Remediation Service Now Available in Ten Major Sourcing Countries, Including India
The Centre is expanding our child labour remediation service to cover more countries.
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Statement from The Centre on Fatal Factory Fire in Rupganj, Bangladesh
14/07/2021 | News
Statement from The Centre on Fatal Factory Fire in Rupganj, Bangladesh
At least 52 have been killed in this tragic fire, with children as young as 11 years old among the victims, This tragedy must prompt more urgent action to prevent child labour and address critical safety risks at workplaces worldwide.
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The Centre Launches New Website
04/06/2021 | News
The Centre Launches New Website
We’re thrilled to have launched a new website. Highlights include project maps, stories, country pages, new service descriptions and more.
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The Centre Discussed Decent Work Opportunities for Young Workers at the 2021 UN RBHR Forum
02/06/2021 | Events
The Centre Discussed Decent Work Opportunities for Young Workers at the 2021 UN RBHR Forum
The Centre spoke about child rights and young workers at the UN RBHR Forum on June 2, and invited a young Vietnamese worker to share her story.
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May 25 | Webinar for Alliance 8.7 Partners: The Role of Local Businesses in Ending Child Labour
20/05/2021 | Events
May 25 | Webinar for Alliance 8.7 Partners: The Role of Local Businesses in Ending Child Labour
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Our Pledge to Help Eliminate Child Labour in 2021 and Four Recommended Actions that Businesses Can Take
18/05/2021 | News
Our Pledge to Help Eliminate Child Labour in 2021 and Four Recommended Actions that Businesses Can Take
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CCR CSR Launches New Name, Announces New Organisational Structure
22/12/2020 | News
CCR CSR Launches New Name, Announces New Organisational Structure
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The Centre (Formerly CCR CSR) Welcomes New Senior Vice President, Outreach and Communications
17/06/2020 | News
The Centre (Formerly CCR CSR) Welcomes New Senior Vice President, Outreach and Communications
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2020 World Day Against Child Labour
12/06/2020 | News
2020 World Day Against Child Labour
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How are Parent and Juvenile Workers Doing in the COVID-19 Era? New Data from the Manufacturing Sector in Asia
29/04/2020 | News
How are Parent and Juvenile Workers Doing in the COVID-19 Era? New Data from the Manufacturing Sector in Asia
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The Centre and ELEVATE Announce Collaboration to Remediate Child Labour in Supply Chains
18/06/2019 | News
The Centre and ELEVATE Announce Collaboration to Remediate Child Labour in Supply Chains
The Centre and ELEVATE are collaborating to increase effectiveness in remedial and improvement services related to child labour.
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New Law Requires Dutch Companies to Identify, Prevent and Report Child Labour in Supply Chains
17/05/2019 | News
New Law Requires Dutch Companies to Identify, Prevent and Report Child Labour in Supply Chains
The Netherlands adapted a new law on child labour due diligence that requires Dutch companies to examine whether child labour occurs in their supply chains.
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The Centre Partners with Worker Voice Technology Provider Ulula to Advance Child Rights in Key Production Regions
28/03/2019 | News
The Centre Partners with Worker Voice Technology Provider Ulula to Advance Child Rights in Key Production Regions
The Centre and Ulula have struck up a strategic partnership that seeks to offer brands and employers the tools and expertise to improve their impact on children in key production regions in the world.
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