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Denim Expert’s Mostafiz Uddin recognised as Drapers Sustainable Fashion Champion

  • Published at 04:51 pm March 11th, 2021
Mostafiz Uddin Courtesy

“I have worked for the country and the apparel sector”

Mostafiz Uddin, managing director of Denim Expert and founder of the Bangladesh Apparel Exchange (BAE), has been recognised as the Sustainable Fashion Champion at the Drapers Sustainable Fashion Awards 2021.

Uddin received the award on Wednesday at the virtual Sustainable Fashion Conference for his role in promoting sustainability and driving expected changes in the fashion industry.

“I have worked for the country and the apparel sector,” he said.

The recognition would improve the Bangladesh’s brand image in front of global buyers and consumers.

“We would like to develop strong collaboration with the buyers for the betterment of the supply chain. If we can ensure sustainability through partnerships and reasonable behaviour with the buyers, Bangladesh will be the number one sourcing destination for apparel goods,” he said.

In November last year, Uddin’s firm Denim Expert was also recognised in the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) New Champion Awards, which honours companies exploring business models, technologies, and sustainable growth strategies for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Described as a pioneer by many in the industry, Uddin was the first contributor from Bangladesh to the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals Foundation, the judges said at the virtual award ceremony.

They appreciated his being the first denim manufacturer in the country to join the UNFCCC for Climate Action and for his role as the founder and CEO of the BAE, which aims to bridge the gap between manufacturers, buyers, and policymakers in the country to accelerate sustainability.

“During the pandemic, our winner put his head above the parapet to campaign for the rights of Bangladeshi suppliers facing cancelled and unpaid orders,” the judges added.

The judges of Drapers Sustainable Fashion Champion Award 2021 were Kerry Bannigan, founder of Conscious Fashion Campaign; Sarah Ditty, global policy director of Fashion Revolution; Miriam Lahage, founder of Aequip; Samata Pattinson, CEO of Red Carpet Green Dress; Caroline Rush, CEO of British Fashion Council; Lucy Shea, group CEO of Futerra; Jane Shepherdson, chairman of My Wardrobe HQ; and Dilys Williams, director of the Centre for Sustainable Fashion.

“Despite the challenges thrown up by the coronavirus pandemic, fashion brands and retailers increasingly recognise that sustainability is a business imperative,” said Jill Geoghegan, acting editor of Drapers.

“Many businesses continued to invest in cleaning up their supply chains and introducing new models of working, despite the unprecedented trading conditions. The Drapers Sustainable Fashion Awards highlight and celebrate these advancements, paving the way for a more responsible future for the industry,” Geoghegan added.

Drapers, a 134-year-old renowned fashion magazine based in the UK, organises the Sustainable Fashion Conference every year.

The Drapers Sustainable Fashion Awards was introduced in 2020 to recognise the strides that are being made in reducing the fashion industry’s environmental impact and creating fairer working conditions across the supply chain.

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