Globalisation has created centres of manufacturing in developing economies across the world. In Asia, Bangladesh has been a source for mass manufactured goods with the ready made garment industry providing 84% of the country’s export income. The immediate Covid-19 impact is the large scale cancellation of orders and the resultant layoffs of the more than one million workers directly employed, and many more in indirect businesses. Many of these are in transport and logistics.
This is creating a humanitarian crisis that the government is seeking to manage and control. CILT Bangladesh are actively involved in responding to that crisis with an immediate focus on assisting people who have lost their livelihood and their ability to feed their families. As transport and logistics professionals, this means assisting the government with practical advice focused on the movement of food and medicines, and working collaboratively across the industry enabling businesses to survive and work together.
CILT has an important, independent role in tackling these new critical issues for the industry and the wider economy. Read more in the CILT Bangladesh report here
This is an example of a business response from Bangladesh which we are sharing as part of our global best practice resource to help you think about and determine appropriate responses locally.