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National Chemical Management Guideline to help sustainable growth of T&A sector in Bangladesh

Recently The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (giz) GmbH on behalf of the govt. of Germany and the Ministry of Commerce, Bangladesh unveils the draft of ‘National Chemical Guideline for Textile and Garment Industry in Bangladesh.

Textile Today asks top leaders about what they think of this comprehensive national guideline on chemical management – will improve the textile and apparel (T&A) industry’s prospects for growth or it will create additional obstacles?

Md. Hafizur Rahman, Additional Secretary at Ministry of Commerce, Bangladesh

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Actually, chemicals are used in different activities during the production of textiles and readymade garments (RMG). Operative controls of chemical risks require an efficient flow of information amongst manufacturers, traders, importers and users. Thus none can negate the importance of proper chemical management which is a must for the sustainable growth of the T&A industry.

Being the largest export earning sector T&A industry of Bangladesh is already following guidelines as per the buyers’ choice. But different buyers follow different guidelines.  It creates difficulties for the factories to address the management issues of chemicals.

Considering global best practices, a comprehensive National Chemical Management Guideline (NCMG) would help bigger factories to do chemical management in their factories properly. It would also engage smaller factories for performing their sub-contracting roles complying with this guideline. Thus, it should not be viewed as an obstacle as it would address the environmental and health hazards. Moreover, it would increase our bargaining capacity to have the logical price for our products.

Asif Ashraf, Director, BGMEA

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This unified National Chemical Management Guideline (NCMG) will pave the way for a holistic sustainable ambiance in Bangladesh. And I think that it will not be a cause of any hindrance. As the T&A industry is already ensuring various sustainability standards. And most importantly, brands have given their nod in this NCMG. As a result, the NCMG will accumulate all these into a unified code of conduct.

This NCMG guideline will provide Bangla written Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) – this will increase the understandability of the do’s and don’ts. At the same time, which hazardous chemical products will not be allowed to import – all will be given and monitored.

Eventually, the quality of products entering Bangladesh will be improved. And at the same time, quality product usage will also increase.

On the customer end, the NCMG will increase our sustainability image. Also, the separate guidelines we are following will be unified. Which will greatly aid the T&A industry.

Sakib Ahmed, Deputy Managing Director, Broadway Group, Director, BAYLA

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As a growing nation and mature industry, we should have a comprehensive national guideline on chemical management. This guideline will not only help the industry for growth but also will prevent any accident or negative incident that might hamper the industry.

But making guidelines are not the only solutions to attain growth. The authority and business owners need to put their efforts to implement the guidelines in a planned and proper manner.

Moreover, the guidelines should be aligned with Government bodies, trade associations, business owners, and any related parties to achieve the most benefits out of it.

Uddipan Das Gupta, Head of Sustainability, Kenpark Bangladesh Apparel (Pvt.) Ltd.

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Yes of course national guideline on chemical management is essential to implement. It can also follow ZDHC guidelines to implement the same.

But one framework on chemical storage, usage, and practices should be in place to follow. Importantly, this guideline should not be contradictory to current practices instead it can be part of that whole.

Md. Rafiqul Islam, Manager, Environmental Management System, DBL Group

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It is good for sustainable chemical management implementation in all RMG factories of Bangladesh. It will not create any complexity for existing guidelines. If it is legalized as policy or law by Government then it will create uniqueness for Bangladesh.

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