UNDP, BGMEA to collaborate in SDGs reporting

Staff Correspondent

25th June, 2021 04:53:36 PM printer

UNDP, BGMEA to collaborate in SDGs reporting

United Nations Development Programme and apparel sector trade body BGMEA have decided to continue collaboration in SDGs reporting in the garment sector of Bangladesh

The decision came as a delegation of UNDP, headed by Khurshid Alam, Assistant Resident Representative, met with BGMEA President Faruque Hassan at the latter’s office Thursday.

They discussed the overall sustainability agendas of BGMEA, including the continuation of collaboration between BGMEA and UNDP in the area of SDGs reporting by garment factories to assess the private sector’s impact on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) achievements.

Earlier, UNDP and BGMEA, apparel sector trade body, in association with Principal Coordinator, SDG Affairs, Prime Minister’s Office and Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) launched a report on Bangladesh National Priority Indicators and SDGs.

The report highlights the sustainability initiatives of 47 BGMEA member factories which conducted sustainability self-reporting, translating their impacts into the language of NPIs and SDGs.

BGMEA president Faruque Hassan expressed his keen interest to continue the collaboration in terms of SDGs reporting in the garment sector and scale up the initiative.  They also had discussion on developing a strategy for disaster resilient supply chain under National Resilience Program (NRP).

NRP is a partnership between Bangladesh government, UNDP, UN Women and United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) that will provide strategic support to develop national capacity to keep pace with the changing nature of disasters.

BGMEA vice president Miran Ali and director Abdullah Hil Rakib were also present at the meeting.

The UNDP delegation also included Sarder M Asaduzzaman, Head, Programme Management and Partnership Support; Arif Abdullah Khan, Programme Specialist - Disaster and Resilience and Linda Germanis, Private Sector Engagement Specialist were also present.