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BGMEA publishes sustainability commitments

Bangladesh’s leading trade body, the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has published its first sustainability report with the theme #GoHumanGoGreen. Where BGMEA outlines the country’s readymade garment (RMG) sector’s commitment to becoming more ecologically aware and socially responsible.

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Figure: BGMEA launches ‘Go Human, Go Green’ with 7 Pledges to make difference to RMG industry and workers.

The sustainability report has been developed with the assistance of the German Government via the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, as part of the Promotion of Social and Environmental Standards in the Industry (PSES) program.

Dr. Rubana Huq, President, BGMEA declared 7 pledges to contribute more on improving workers education, early childhood learning of workers’ children, mental health, sustainability, culture export of Bangladesh, workers health, industry innovation and efficiency for the RMG sector.

The launching program was held virtually on 12 December 2020. Where Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi, MP inaugurated BGMEA’s ‘Go Human, Go Green’ program.

BGMEA Senior Vice President Faisal Samad made a presentation on the new website of BGMEA which was launched by Tipu Munshi.

Bangladesh is the world’s second-biggest garment manufacturer, after China, and the sector employs about 4.1 million workers and is responsible for more than 80% of the country’s export earnings.

Rubana Huq said, “In today’s world business is beyond production and profit; rather social, economic and environmental impacts caused by its everyday activities matter and are counted.”

“This is what is reflected in sustainability reporting which helps to measure and manage the impacts of a business or industry on people and planet and accordingly set goals to perform better in the coming days,” Huq added.

She told, “We are happy to present the first Sustainability Report of BGMEA to demonstrate our actions aligned with the aspiration of building the ready-made garment (RMG) industry of Bangladesh so that it becomes economically, socially and environmentally sustainable.”

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