Garment Worker Diaries Data, Bangladesh

Data covering: July to December 2018.

Below you will find a set of graphs—you can interact with them in a number of ways. You can hover over the dots on the graph in the top left graph (the “location graph”) to see the profiles of different workers in the study—each dot represents a worker and they are organized by region within Bangladesh, but the actual position of each dot within a regional cluster is not meant to represent any sort of geographical location . The profiles appear in the box to the right of location graph, and in the table below that box. If you want a profile of all the workers in a particular region, click anywhere in that region on the location graph and a table with summary data about the region will appear in the table below the location graph. You can then hover over individual workers within that region to see how they compare to workers in the region as a whole. Finally, if you want to see summary data for all the workers, across Bangladesh, click on the large dot in the center of the location graph. Again, you can hover over individual workers to see their profiles in the context of national data.

A few things to note:
All the amounts are in Bangladesh’s currency, taka. There are about 84 taka to the U.S. dollar and about 95 taka to the euro. So someone earning 8,000 taka a month is earning about $95 or €84 a month.
The summary data for a region or the nation are medians. In the case of education and housing expenses and loans received, the medians are based on all non-zero transactions, which gives you an idea of what workers pay when they do make these types of payments. In these three cases, if we included zero amounts in the calculation of the median the medians would all be zero.
We have provided a glossary of terms here.
We have randomly reassigned the names of the workers in the profiles.
The graphs take time to load. Once they have loaded they are highly interactive. So please be patient—it will be worth it!

Our hope is that you will learn something about the lives of garment workers and you will take action by writing to your favorite brand directly or by equipping yourself with a deeper understanding of the data that can inform your advocacy efforts on behalf of garment workers. See more on what you might do in our blog, and see the links below the graphs to learn how to take action in any one of these ways.

If you are viewing the graphs on a tablet or a phone and they are difficult to read, try viewing the graphs here.

Interactive Graphs

Take Action

Write a letter
Follow this link to a letter template that you can use to write to your favorite brand about what you have learned on this site. Telling a brand how one of the profiles of a worker on this site affected you is a good way to convey to the brand how important improving the economic conditions of workers is to you.

Dig Deeper
If you would like to dig deeper into the data with some bar charts showing different variables for each respondent, for the region where they live, and for their job category, click the Dig Deeper link in the Dashboard above. The set up is the same as in the graphs above, except that you need to click on a dot in the location graph to see the data on an individual worker.

Data Access
To sign up to gain access to the full data set to conduct your own analysis, go to our Data Access page.

To support the long-term sustainability of the Garment Worker Diaries in Bangladesh please donate here.