Garment Worker Diaries Data, Bangladesh
Data covering: July 2018 to March 2019.
Click here to go directly to the interactive graphs. We have added new data and a new feature linking the workers participating in the study to the brands whose clothes they make. For more information on who to use the graphs keep reading. To find out more about how we were able to connect workers to brands, read our explanation here.
Using the Graphs
You can interact with the graphs in a number of ways. You can click on 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 . If you are interested in understanding the lives of workers who work for a particular brand you can select a brand using the dropdown menu at the top of the page on the left-hand side. Once you have selected a brand you can select a worker to look at more closely and you will see information about them pop up in a profile and a table of their economic transactions for each month there have been in the study. You can also see the data on all workers who live in the same area as the worker you are looking at more closely.
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 are medians, excluding months when a respondent performed no transactions in a particular category. The exclusion of these months is intended to provide users with an idea of what people earned and spent in months when they were earning and spending in a particular category. This is especially important in the case of education, housing expenses, and loans received. In these three cases, if we included zero amounts in the calculation of the median the medians would all be zero and users would be left with the mistaken impression that there was no spending on housing or education.
We have provided a glossary of terms here.
We have randomly reassigned the names of the workers in the profiles.
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.
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.
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.
To sign up to gain access to the full data set to conduct your own analysis, go to our Data Access page.