Garment factories reverting to cash for wage payment: study

The Daily Star, December 2020

"A factory is considered as 'brand-facing' if it is on a brand's list of suppliers or is listed as a supplier to a brand on the websites of the Mapped in Bangladesh (MiB) or the Open Apparel Registry (OAR)."

Garments factories are reverting to cash to pay wages and salaries to workers just months after they embraced digital payments at the height of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new study.

The digitalisation of wages got a leg up after the government enforced countrywide shutdown to slow the spread of the deadly pathogen in April. The upward trend in payments through electronic platforms continued until June.