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UNDP, BGMEA, SDG launch report on sustainability in Bangladesh RMG sector


United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) in association with Principal Coordinator, Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Affairs, Prime Minister’s Office and Global reporting Initiative (GRI) launched a report on Bangladesh National Priority Indicators & Sustainable Development Goals. The report highlights the sustainability initiatives of 47 BGMEA member factories. These factories were awarded with a certificate of appreciation for their contribution to NPIs and SDGs through sustainability reporting in the presence of Chief Guest Zuena Aziz, Principal Coordinator, Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Affairs, Prime Minister’s Office, and Special Guest Dr. Nihad Rashid, Additional Secretary Economic Relations Division, Ministry of Finance.

Aziz highlighted the role of private sector for attaining SDGs by 2030. Only the inclusive participation of government, private sectors and civil society will ensure the timely implementation of SDGs, he said’. Rubana Huq, BGMEA said, the report measures RMG industry’s impact on SDGs to communicate with key stakeholders, such as the government, buyers, trade partners, and communities. It aims to inspire more RMG factories and other industries to undertake sustainability reporting in future.