Abdullah Hil Rakib, Director, BGMEA highlighted that textile and apparel makers need a better purchasing practices to continue sustainable apparel production. Abdullah Hil Rakib emphasised this at the third edition of the Sustainable Apparel Forum (SAF) –organized by the Bangladesh Apparel Exchange (BAE).
Abdullah Hil Rakib, Director, BGMEA said, “The post-Rana Plaza incident – entrepreneurs have been very resilient about transforming the textile and apparel industry into a green, secure and sustainable working place by investing millions of dollars. And the apparel entrepreneurs have invested a lot and unconditionally without having any commitment from any of the global stakeholders. But what more do the international buyers and brands expect from us to do any further?”
“Due to these green investments, we see that Bangladesh textile and apparel industry is now a globally exemplary green industry. And we want a fair price for our sustainably made RMG products as sustainability does not come cheap. And everything – from reducing carbon emissions, better wages, zero pollution – has a cost. On the other hand, RMG prices have been going down perpetually. This must stop, or it will be really tough for entrepreneurs, workers and all the people in the industry to survive,” added Abdullah Hil Rakib.
Any pollution in any industry anywhere in the world is likely to affect the earth – and there is no other alternative to live on. So, ensuring sustainability is a shared responsibility – not just on the manufacturing end.
All the stakeholders in the fashion industry have to adopt the mindset of a single team. Rather than thinking separately. It should be a shared responsibility to make the fashion industry a sustainable one. From workers to consumers – only then it is truly possible to ensure a livable planet.