RMG industry globally praised for strides in safety, sustainability: BGMEA
Staff Correspondent 13 Oct 2022 23:05:01 | Update: 13 Oct 2022 23:20:28
File photo of women working at a garment factory in Dhaka — Rajib Dhar
Bangladesh is recognised and praised globally as one of the safest and greenest apparel sourcing destinations in the world and its impressive achievements have boosted the trust and confidence of global buyers in the garments with the “Made in Bangladesh” tag, BGMEA President Faruque Hassan has said.
Building on the achievements Bangladesh’s RMG industry has continued its all-out efforts to grow in a manner that is sustainable and keeps positive impacts on the planet and the people, he said at a webinar on Thursday.
The International Trade Center (ITC) organised the webinar where Faruque Hassan shared the strides the BGMEA (Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association) has made towards making the country’s ready-made garment (RMG) industry one of the safest and greenest industries in the world, according to a press release.
In his speech, Faruque said, “Bangladesh has earned global accolades for the remarkable strides in the areas of workplace safety, environmental sustainability and workers’ rights and welfare.”
He thanked the ITC for featuring the commendable good practices of Bangladesh’s RMG industry in the Good Practices in the Global Apparel Industry which is the latest publication launched by the ITC.
The BGMEA has been selected in the publication as a case study of best practices in the category of “Effective management of industry”.
“While the recognition will inspire us to pursue excellence, it will motivate other countries to follow the suit,” he said.
Dr Rajesh Bheda, the author of the publication and chief executive officer of Rajesh Bheda Consulting; Tuli Cooray, secretary general, Joint Apparel Association Forum, Sri Lanka; and Dr Vandana Bhandari, professor of National Institute of Fashion Technology, India, also spoke at the webinar which was moderated by Delphine Clement, programme officer at the ITC, read the release.
Faruque said the RMG industry of Bangladesh places utmost importance on sustainability.
“Having the highest number of green factories in Bangladesh is the glowing example of our committed efforts towards sustainability.”
He said the BGMEA has taken an initiative of industry-wide “ESG Digital Cloud based data disclosure platform” through which all the BGMEA member factories would be disclosing their data in the digital platform and thus the apex RMG industry association would be able to develop an industry ESG dashboard.
The BGMEA has published its “Sustainability Strategic ESG vision 2030” which looks into all ESG issues pertinent to the industry and is aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals and the Bangladesh’s National Priority Indicators.
Faruque added, the BGMEA has established the “Centre of innovation efficiency and OSH” to support the industry to enhance sustainability and boost productivity and innovation within the sector.
He invited the guests to the “Made in Bangladesh Week” which will be organised by the BGMEA in Dhaka on November 12-18 to promote Bangladesh and the RMG industry.