‘Adhere to responsible buying practices’

Staff Correspondent

24 June, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Experts at a discussion recently urged brands and retail buyers to collaborate and support Bangladesh readymade garments (RMG) by adhering to responsible buying practices when source apparel from the country.

Mostafiz Uddin, Managing Director of Denim Expert Limited and Founder & CEO of Bangladesh Apparel Exchange (BAE) made the call while representing Bangladesh at the panel discussion titled “Downward Pressures: Reforming the Apparel Sector by Tackling Purchasing Practices” organized by Freedom Fund in London recently.

Jennifer Schappert, Policy Advisor, OECD Responsible Business Conduct Unit; and Aruna Kashyap, Senior Counsel for the Women’s Rights Division, Human Rights Watch also spoke at the session.

Jill Tucker, Head of Supply Chain Innovation and Transformation at C&A Foundation, moderated the panel discussion.

Citing example, Mostafiz Uddin illustrated how garment factories in Bangladesh often badly suffer due to lack of responsible purchasing practices and in the absence of any legal framework in Western world to hold the buyers responsible who are doing unethical purchasing practices.

“Brands do have the responsibility to carry out indulgence on their own internal purchasing practices as much as they have the responsibility to follow OECD Guidelines or the UN Guiding Principles,” said Jennifer Scheppert.