Faruque Hassan, President and MiranAlli, Vice President, BGMEA have sought cooperation from AvedisSeferian, President and CEO, Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP) to portray a positive picture of the Bangladesh apparel industry internationally.
Both of them met in Washington DC, United States recently to discuss matters related to the expansion of Bangladesh’s business interests in the western hemisphere particularly in North America. Their talks also included ways of mutual cooperation and future engagement between BGMEA and WRAP for Bangladesh’s apparel industry.
.Hong Mei, Senior Director, Compliance Assurance and Srishti Sharma, Director - Compliance Administration, WRAP were also present at the meeting while Mark Jaeger, Vice President, Stakeholder Engagement, Aimee Dobrzeniecki, Vice President, Administration joined the discussion virtually.
They also had discussions on how more cooperative and coordinated efforts can be made to better facilitate WRAP certification for garment factories in Bangladesh and enhance the reputation of Bangladesh as a safe and compliant source of apparel sourcing in the world.
During the meeting Hassan highlighted the progress of Bangladesh’s garment industry in the areas of workplace safety, social and environmental sustainability. He said the RMG industry of Bangladesh has earned global recognitions for its unprecedented strides over the years in safety, sustainability and social compliance. A recent survey report by Hong Kong based supply chain compliance solutions provider, QIMA, ranked Bangladesh’s garment industry second in ‘Ethical Manufacturing’. The report covered a wide range of compliance and ethical manufacturing issues including hygiene, health and safety, waste management, worker representation, disciplinary practices and discrimination, working hours and wages, etc.