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All stakeholders have equal responsibility to ensure transparency

In the second session of ‘Digitalization of supply chain to cut costs and reduce lead times’ topic, keynote speaker Lars Domer, Co-founder of GoBlu, talked about transparency where he defined it according to a definition of GoBlu, “Transparency is an active business process to add value to your product and/or to your relationships with all relevant stakeholder (business and societal) by sharing meaningful and correct data or information.”

Figure: Keynote speaker Lars Domer, Co-founder of GoBlu, talked about transparency in the textile and apparel industry.

Lars Domer encouraged the stakeholders to be like an ‘open book’ where below information will be available anytime:

  • Supply chain information (Sheep to shop material information)
  • Social footprint
  • Chemical info
  • Water footprint
  • Carbon footprint

Trust, business case, data quality, data ownership and technology-these five are needed to ensure transparency, said Domer.

Brands and retailers have a big role to ensure transparency. Transparency must have to come as one of the main criteria.

Lars Doemer, Co-founder of GoBlu

“Trust level is not very high in our business relation. If we can not establish trust, we will lose our consumer confidence and if we lose consumer confidence, we will lose our business,” he emphasized.

“Brands and retailers have a big role to ensure transparency. Transparency must have to come as one of the main criteria,” he continued.

Highlighting the role of technology to ensure transparency Domer said, “Technology can play vital role to facilitate and accelerate transparency.”

In the session David Hasanat, Chairman, Viyellatex Group urged the brands and retailers not impose unnecessary conditions to Bangladeshi textile and apparel manufacturers while they are not imposing same conditions to its competitor countries.

“You ask about transparency for Bangladesh, not for other countries. Is it a transparent action?” David Hasanat raised the question while Veit Geise, Ex. Vice President, VF Asia-a panel discussant of the session-highlighted environmental issues.

Country Per capita carbon dioxide emissions (metric tons)
Bangladesh 0.4
United States 15.53
EU 10 to 15
Australia 20
Canada 20
China 6.59
India 1.58
Turkey 4.10

David explained that in the world Bangladesh is one of the less carbon-emitting countries, whereas the USA, China, EU, Turkey, Australia, India etc are emitting huge carbon to the environment.

He also mentioned about the green revolution happened in Bangladesh RMG industry. 300 green readymade garment (RMG) factories are under construction apart from existing 67 such factories in the country.A total of 67 RMG factories have so far been certified as ‘green factories’ by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), and of them, 17 factories are included as the platinum class.

The world’s best 7 factories out of the 10 certified by the USGBC are situated in Bangladesh.

David’s own company Viyellatex Group is the world’s first knit composite manufacturer became bluesign® system partner in November, 2018.

Naureen Chowdhury, Program Manager Bangladesh, C&A Foundation, emphasized on positioning and branding Bangladesh apparel and textile industry in the global arena. She also stressed to come all stakeholders as a whole to ensure transparency.

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