Walt Disney Company has considered including Bangladesh in its Permitted Sourcing Country list with International Labor Standard (ILS) audits.
The company has stopped it's sourcing from Bangladesh in 2013 amid the fire and building collapse disasters at Rana Plaza and Tazreen Fashions.The information came from a press release of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) received in Dhaka on Saturday.
Terming this move of Walt Disney as a timely initiative, BGMEA President Faruque Hassan said it's recognition to the all-out progresses and transformation in the industry, particularly in the area of workplace safety, social standards and environmental sustainability.
Factories participating in the ILO's Better Work Bangladesh program will be entitled to become a vendor, while they need to participate in the Nirapon or RMG Sustainability Council (RSC) along with specific remediation fulfillment criteria.
Over the past years, the industry has made unprecedented efforts and investment to ensure safety covering fire, electrical and structural integrity and a robust follow up of factory remediation to create a culture of safety while promoting wellbeing of the workers.
The entire safety transformation program was supported and facilitated by the Government of Bangladesh, ILO, international brands, manufacturers and the global unions in a transparent manner.
The release also said the Hong Kong based supply chain compliance solutions provider "QIMA" ranked Bangladesh as the 2nd highest Ethical Manufacturing country in its recent report "QIMA Q1 2021 Barometer".The rating included performance against parameters like hygiene, health and safety, child and young labor, labor practices including forced labour, worker representation, disciplinary practices and discrimination, working hours and wages, and waste management.
The study was conducted at a time when COVID disrupted the global fashion industry and supply chain, and maintaining such level of compliance testifies BGMEA's resilience and commitment.
In addition, the progresses made in the areas of cleaner and greener manufacturing testifies the industry's commitment and actions toward building sustainable supply chain.
The country being the home of world's most LEED green factories, having 144 LEED green factories certified by USGBC, of which 41 are platinum, earns the confidence of the global brands and consumers through its tireless efforts in past decade.
BGMEA, as the only association in the world, is honored with the "2021 USGBC Leadership Award" for its exemplary leadership in promoting environmental sustainability and green industrialisation in the RMG industry.