Hennes & Mauritz AB (H&M), a Swedish multinational clothing-retail company known for its fast-fashion clothing, recently organized ‘Sustainability Summit 2018’ in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Day by day sustainability issues are being more popular and inevitable for the textile and apparel industry. At the same time, to achieve sustainability in all aspects, world leaders are coming forward. In this regard, the United Nations Development Program has declared the Sustainable Development Goals, a collection of 17 global goals, which are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all.
Of the 17 sustainability goals, five seems to be ringing most relevant among brands and retailers. These are responsible consumption and production; climate action; decent work and economic growth; gender equality; and clean water and sanitation.
The SDGs are the one global roadmap for sustainability, and the hope is that as more brands adopt the goals into their own operations, an identifiable transformation in the apparel industry will actually start to take shape.
Yesterday on 12 September, H&M organized ‘Sustainability Summit 2018’ at Le Méridien hotel in Dhaka, Bangladesh where different stakeholders of the textile and apparel sector participated. The summit started at 9.00Am and closed at 4.30pm.
Speakers addressed about the global challenges we are facing to become sustainable, including those related to responsible consumption and production; climate action; decent work and economic growth; gender equality; and clean water and sanitation.
The Goals are interconnected and in order to leave no one behind, it is important to work together to achieve each Goal and target by 2030, speakers opined.
In the welcome remarks, Roger Hubert, H&M’s regional head for Bangladesh and Pakistan, talked about ‘Sustainability and Country Business’ Challenges and Opportunities’.
Pascal Brun, Global Sustainability Manager, H&M, highlighted global sustainability strategies, visions and industry collaboration.
Dr. Atiq Rahman, Executive Director of Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS), spoke on ‘Water and Waste Scenario in Bangladesh’.
Among other speakers, Rashed Mosaharrof, GM-Marketing, and Head of Operation and Panning, Zaber&Zubair Fabrics Ltd, spoke on ‘Best Practices-Environment’.