Leaders of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) met with the leaders of Primark and its parent company Associated British Foods (ABF) and discussed Primark’s new wide-reaching sustainability strategy.
Bangladesh is Primark’s second largest sourcing market and home to many of Primark’s strategic suppliers and their factories.
BGMEA President Faruque Hassan, vice-president Miran Ali, directors Asif Ashraf and Abdullah Hil Rakib, Paul Lister, director of Legal Services and Company Secretary of ABF, Paul Marchant, CEO of Primark, Lynne Walker and director of Primark Cares and Juan Chaparro, group director of Supply Chain, Sourcing and Quality in London were present.
BGMEA expressed its support for the objectives Primark has set out to change the ways its clothes are made, halve its carbon emissions across its wider supply chain and improve the lives of the workers in the supply chain.
BGMEA’s support, as one of the country’s largest trade associations for the garment industry, can play a valuable role in helping engage its members in Primark’s sustainability goals, the officials said.
Both parties discussed the new commitments which Primark will work towards over the next decade in greater detail. Primark has been deliberately ambitious in its goals, stretching targets across its use of recycled materials, environmental footprint, it said.
It also works to take a leadership role in improving the lives and wellbeing of workers in its supply chain. This means that delivering many of the new commitments will rely on driving change throughout Primark’s wider supply chain, so gaining the support of external stakeholders, such as the BGMEA, is important, said a statement.