The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has published its first sustainability report under the theme ‘Go Human Go Green’, where it outlines the country’s readymade garment (RMG) sector’s commitment to becoming more ecologically aware and socially responsible.
The sustainability report has been developed with assistance from German government via the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, as part of the Promotion of Social and Environmental Standards in the Industry (PSES) program. Rubana Huq, President, BGMEA declared seven pledges to contribute more towards improving worker’s education, early childhood learning of workers’ children, mental health, sustainability, culture export of Bangladesh, workers health, industry innovation and efficiency for the RMG sector.
Bangladesh is the world’s second-biggest garment manufacturer, after China, and employs about 4.1 million workers and is responsible for more than 80 per cent of the country’s export earnings. The report will help measure and manage the impacts of a business or industry on people and planet and accordingly set goals to perform better. The actions are aligned with the aspiration of building the ready-made garment (RMG) industry of Bangladesh so that it becomes economically, socially and environmentally sustainable.