Sunday, 5 February, 2023

Apparel industry committed to sustaining momentum of workplace safety: BGMEA

Apparel industry committed to sustaining momentum of workplace safety: BGMEA

The apparel industry of Bangladesh is also committed to sustaining the progress made in workplace safety while developing its capacities to retain competitiveness in the changing business landscape, the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) says.

"Learning lessons from the past, the garment industry of Bangladesh has made unprecedented progress, particularly in workplace safety. We have also made an exemplary stride in environmental sustainability," BGMEA President Faruque Hassan said.

He was addressing a seminar organised by Particip GmbH on behalf of GIZ at a Dhaka hotel Wednesday.

Owners and senior management representatives of the BGMEA and the Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association participating member factories in the Communication Component of the STILE project were present at the event.

The Communication Component of STILE intends to contribute to improved compliance with its awareness-raising, information and education campaigns.

The project developed a pool of trainers from the three industry associations – the BGMEA, BKMEA and Leathergoods and Footwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association of Bangladesh – to build the capacity of factory committees in their member factories and will continue the intervention until November 2023.

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is implementing the programme "Sustainability in the Textile and Leather Sector in Bangladesh (STILE)."

Anneke Magendans, team leader of the Particip GmbH-led tripartite consortium, said: "Our approach does not stop with solely conducting training."

"The association trainers follow up by guiding the factory committees and supporting them to bring into practice what they have learnt. Also, the approach is fully transparent. Producers have access, via a QR code, to a website where they can find all related campaign and training materials."