Desk Report: Mapped in Bangladesh (MiB), a 5-year project has compiled and mapped some 3,630 export-oriented ready-made garment (RMG) factory data using the factory census method throughout Bangladesh. As of January 2022, it has mapped some 3,630 factories. MiB project is being implemented by the Centre for Entrepreneurship Development (CED) of Brac University (BracU), funded by Laudes Foundation and the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and being coordinated by BRAC.
Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) and Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA) are the strategic partners of the project which is also supported by the Department of Inspection for Factories and Establishments (DIFE) under the Ministry of Labour and Employment,
A MiB rapid survey particularly on the non-member RMG factories with 555 sample size found that 86,697 workers were being employed in the surveyed factories while a total of 58,000 workers were laid off (on average 226 workers per factory) due to the pandemic said, Professor Dr. Rahim B, Talukdar, Adviser, CED-BracU and Team Leader, MiB
The objective of MiB is, by following a robust data verification and validation protocol, to provide accurate, credible, and updated RMG factory information to all industry stakeholders in a manner that enables greater efficiency, productivity, accountability, and transparency. MiB has so far conducted multiple researches using the factory database it obtained through digital mapping. A recent publication of MiB researchers has demonstrated that the male to female workers ratio in Bangladesh RMG is 42:58 as per analyzed data of 2,565,761 workers in 3,212 export oriented RMG factories.