Launch of Mapped in Bangladesh: a Digital Map of Garment Factories in Bangladesh

The launch Mapped in Bangladesh is a promising milestone for transparency in the Bangladeshi garment sector. This initiative, launched by our partner, BRAC University, digitally maps all export-oriented ready-made garment factories across the Dhaka district of Bangladesh.

For more than three decades, the garment sector has been the driving force behind Bangladesh’s economy, spurring tremendous economic growth and employing more than 3.5 million workers — the majority of whom are young women. The information provided by Mapped in Bangladesh aims to accelerate recent progress in the sector through increased transparency.

Led by BRAC University, with funding from C&A Foundation and support from BRAC USA, Mapped in Bangladesh has collected essential primary data on export-oriented factories across the Dhaka district and published it online in an interactive, digital map. Enumerators used a door-to-door approach, visiting each factory to gather the data.

The public database maps each factory’s name, GPS location, postal address, number of workers, products produced, export countries, brands and buyers, and memberships, affiliations, and certifications. Data updates will be crowdsourced to the public and then verified to ensure that information remains current.

Mapped in Bangladesh enables a collective action approach to advancements in the garment sector by bringing together key industry stakeholders, “Transparency tools like Mapped in Bangladesh can continue to strengthen improvements and facilitate growth in the ready-made garment industry.

Linda Patentas, Program Manager for Cities, Supply Chains, and Migration, BRAC USA

Mapped in Bangladesh is guided by an expert Project Advisory Committee, which includes representatives from rights-based organizations, research organizations, international brands, NGOs, major industry associations, and the Government of Bangladesh, inspiring shared responsibility across the industry.

An expanded map, incorporating factories from across the country, is expected to be completed in 2021