Bangladesh garment producers and exporters sought ethical pricing for their products.
“Bangladesh now has more dynamic, modern, energy-efficient, and environment-friendly factories. It has the highest number of green garment factories in the world,” said president of Bangaldesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) Faruque Hassan.
Policy makers, industry leaders, brands’ representatives and fashion campaigners from home and abroad gathered in the two-day event in Dhaka. The presence was to accelerate mo mentum of sustainability in the Bangladesh apparel industry.
More than 50 speakers as well as 20 green growth exhibitors from over 20 countries participated in the third edition of SAF.
“We believe that sustainability is not a sprint, it’s a marathon. We are committed to maintaining the excellence in social and environmental areas which we already achieved. We also focus on up scaling our business capabilities,” said BGMEA president Faruque Hassan.
The issues like climate action, environmental social & governance (ESG) and green finance, purchasing practices, due diligence and legislation, and circular economy were discussed at the five plenary sessions along with opening and closing plenaries of the SAF.
Senior representatives from globally renowned recycling and renewable energy companies also attended and exhibited their sustainability and green technologies, products and solutions at the SAF.
Founder and CEO of Bangladesh Apparel Exchange (BAE) Mostafiz Uddin said, “At this year’s SAF, we have brought all the fashion stakeholders under one roof to accelerate the momentum of sustainability in Bangladesh apparel industry, especially after the Covid-19 pandemic which has had immense impact on global apparel supply chain.”
In the opening plenary of the SAF, Mayor of Dhaka North City Corporation and former president of BGMEA Md. Atiqul Islam said, “The RMG industry of Bangladesh has been vigilant in ensuring the safety regulations, especially after the disastrous event of Rana Plaza.”
He called for a collaborated approach to ensure more ethical and sustainable industry.
He also called upon the garment factories to set up rooftop garden for getting 10 percent exemption of city corporation tax.
Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Bangladesh Anne Van Leeuwen said, “There has been significant improvements in the apparel industry of Bangladesh as per as safety and sustainability is concerned.”
“However, there is still work to be done to promote sustainability in the sector for which stakeholders’ engagement and collaboration is the key.”
Stephanie Theirs-Ratcliffe, Director of European Brands and Retailers, Cotton Council International said, “Sustainability is no more an option, it’s a must for the fashion industry now.”
Md. Mohiuddin Rubel, director of BGMEA and BAE managing director said, “The global business landscape has been transformed to a new realism in the recent years and sustainability has become the core area of concern.”
Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi, ambassador & head of delegation of the European Union to Bangladesh Charles Whiteley, ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Bangladesh Anne Van Leeuwen and ambassador of Bangladesh to Netherlands M. Riaz Hamidullah, among others, were also present.