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Improving Chemical Environmental Management in Bangladesh – GIZ and Huntsman Textile Effects Cooperate to raise the bar for the Textile Industry

Promotion of Social and Environmental Standards in the Industry (PSES) is a joint project of the governments of Bangladesh and Germany, Promotion of Social and Environmental Standards in the Industry (PSES) is a joint project of the governments of Bangladesh and Germany, Deutsche GesellschaftfürInternationaleZusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

On 10th June 2014 a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Huntsman, the leading global provider of high-quality dyes and textiles chemicals, and PSES, “Promotion of Social and Environmental Standards in the Industry”, a joint project of the governments of Bangladesh and Germany, implemented by Deutsche GesellschaftfürInternationaleZusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

1Mr. Magnus Schmid, Program Coordinator, GIZ and Mr. Peter Gregory, Brand and Retail Marketing Director, Huntsman Textile Effects, signing MoU to improve management of chemicals in the RMG sector

Bangladesh’s garment and textile industry with its more than 5000 factories is also a source of environmental pollution. People living in the vicinity of garment factories suffer twice – from polluted water in the rivers threatening their health and livelihood from fishing and from a rising scarcity of fresh water.

Huntsman and PSES will cooperate to improve the management of chemicals in 10 textile mills in Bangladesh. The initiative forms part of Huntsman’s role in the ZDHC, the Zero Discharge of Hazardour Chemicals programme of 17 leading apparel and foot ware manufacturers, to help the industry to eliminate hazardous chemicals from their products by 2020. By joining hands, both GIZ and Huntsman will be able to support the development of industry-wide best practices in Chemical Management and on-the-ground implementation to contribute to a cleaner environment and increased environmental accountability. It is planned to roll out the initiative to other countries in the region.

PSES has been successfully conducting trainings in Bangladesh by using its Chemical Management (CM) tool which includes practical measures for proper handling and storage of chemicals, improving workplace safety, achieving cost savings and complying with environmental laws. Huntsman will work hand-in-hand with GIZ and bring in expertise on the optimization of washing and dyeing processes. It will also provide audit and consultancy services to local mills under its Productivity Improvement Program (PIP).


Mr. Peter Gregory, Brand & Retail Marketing Director of Huntsman Textile Effects, explains: “Huntsman has been doing business in Bangladesh successfully for the last 42 years. We plan to upscale our sustainability services and offer more environmentally friendly products for Bangladeshi suppliers of textiles. By joining hands with GIZ we will be able to engage with factories and bring the best out of their production efficiency and environmental compliance. Our international staff will also receive training from GIZ on their chemical management toolkit, and we plan to replicate this process in other factories and other countries as well”.

As Mr. Magnus Schmid, Program Coordinator of PSES puts it in his opening speech: “Textile factories in Bangladesh should take environmental issues more seriously. Our Chemical Management program has trained 60 consultants from at least 20 service providing organizations so far, and we look forward to create a greater impact by partnering with Huntsman. Through our training and this partnership we shall contribute to achieve the goal of eliminating the use of hazardous substances from the production process.”

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PSES, implemented by GIZ has always motivated organizations in Bangladesh to implement social and environmental best practices in an effective way and to create better working conditions. One of the core beliefs of this project is the inclusion of all stakeholders, including development partners, government bodies, buyers, owners, NGOs, as well as trade unions to work hand in hand in order to overcome the challenges and promote social and environmental standards, particularly in the textile industry.

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