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BGMEA: Bangladeshi RMG sector recognized globally for safety, sustainability

  • Published at 01:51 pm July 18th, 2021
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BGMEA President Faruque Hassan receives a bouquet at a seminar organized by the Dutch-Bangla Chamber of Commerce and Industries (DBCCI) in the capital on July 17, 2021 Courtesy

A recent survey report by Hong Kong-based supply chain compliance solutions provider QIMA ranked Bangladesh’s garment industry second in ethical manufacturing

The readymade garment (RMG) industry of Bangladesh has earned significant progress in the areas of workers’ safety, well-being, sustainability and industrial relations, BGMEA President Faruque Hassan said on Saturday.

“The industry earned global recognition through these unprecedented strides over the years,” he made the remark while addressing a seminar on “Wellbeing of RMG Workers through Inclusive Business Initiative.” 

The seminar was organized by the Dutch-Bangla Chamber of Commerce and Industries (DBCCI) in the capital. 

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A recent survey report by Hong Kong-based supply chain compliance solutions provider QIMA ranked Bangladesh’s garment industry second in “Ethical Manufacturing”. 

“Starting from the elimination of Child Labour in mid-nineties, and the emerging compliances issues including timely payment of wages, ensuring the minimum wage, overtime, hygiene at the workplace, and so on, the industry has responded well on all the issues of compliance and workers’ rights”, the BGMEA president said. 

He also said that a paradigm shift had taken place in the areas of structural, fire and electrical safety at the workplace, which was supported by international brands and donors like ILO, and our government since the tragic building collapse accident in 2013. 

“Moreover, the Labour Law was amended twice in 2013 and in 2018 and Labor Rules were promulgated in 2015 to ensure workers well-being and safety at the workplace,” he added. 

Faruque Hassan further said that the formation of a safety committee in every factory has been made mandatory and workers participation committee has also been made mandatory through elections.

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A central fund has been created under the supervision of the government where garment factories are contributing $10 million of their export receipts to be used for the workers’ welfare purposes, he added.

Faiyaz Murshid Kazi, director-general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs attended the program as a guest of honour while Md Anwar Shawkat Afser, president of DBCCI made the concluding remark.

Inclusive Business Advisor of SNV Jamal Uddin made the keynote presentation at the seminar.

Among others, CEO of Apon Wellbeing Ltd Shaikh Saif Al Rashid, Founder and CEO of Moner Bondhu Tawhida Shiropa, Founder of Ella Pad Mamunur Rahman, CEO of Pragati Life Insurance Ltd Md Jalalul Azim, Compliance Manager (South Asia) of Auchan Syful Alam Mallick, were also present in the seminar.

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