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BGMEA, WRAP meet on expanding RMG market

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 9 September, 2021 12:00 AM
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BGMEA, WRAP meet on expanding RMG market

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BGMEA president Faruque Hassan and WRAP president AvedisSeferian discussed matters related to the expansion of Bangladesh’s business interests in the West, particularly in North America.

Hassan discussed the issues with president and CEO of Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP) during a meeting in Washington D.C. in the USA. BGMEA vice-president Miran Ali was also present.

The meeting was also attended by Hong Mei, senior director at Compliance Assurance and Srishti Sharma, director of Compliance Administration, WRAP.

BGMEA president discussed matters related to the expansion of Bangladesh’s business interests in the western hemisphere particularly in North America.

The talks also included ways of mutual cooperation and future engagement between BGMEA and WRAP for Bangladesh’s apparel industry.

They also had discussions on how more cooperative and coordinated efforts can be made to better facilitate WRAP certification for garment factories in Bangladesh. They also discussed abouthow to enhance the reputation of Bangladesh as a safe and compliant source of apparel sourcing in the world.

The discussion was also attended, among others, by Mark Jaeger, vice-president, Stakeholder Engagement, Aimee Dobrzeniecki, vice-president, Administration joined the discussion virtually. During the meeting, Faruque Hassan highlighted the progress of Bangladesh’s garment industry in the areas of workplace safety, social and environmental sustainability.

He said the RMG industry of Bangladesh has earned global recognitions for its unprecedented strides over the years in safety, sustainability and social compliance.

A recent survey report by Hong Kong-based supply chain compliance solutions provider, QIMA, ranked Bangladesh’s garment industry second in “Ethical Manufacturing”. The report covered a wide range of compliance and ethical manufacturing issues including hygiene, health and safety, waste management, worker representation, disciplinary practices and discrimination, working hours and wages etc.

Apart from ensuring workplace safety, Bangladesh is also proud to have the highest number of green garment factories in the world with 145 factories certified as LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), by US Green Building Council (USGBC).

Among them 42 are LEED platinum-rated and 91 are LEED gold-rated units. 500 more factories are in the pipeline for certification.

BGMEA president sought cooperation and support of WRAP president to portray the positive picture of Bangladesh apparel industry internationally.