Desk Report: BGMEA President Faruque Hassan has called upon Aldi, a Germany based international retailer, to explore more business with their suppliers in Bangladesh, especially souring of diversified high-end garment products from the country. He also urged Aldi to strengthen partnership with Bangladeshi suppliers in building their capacities in manufacturing apparel products that have greater demand in the international market.
Faruque Hassan made the call when a delegation of Aldi paid a visit to him at BGMEA’s PR office in Gulshan, Dhaka on May 11. The delegation included Denise Hochreiter-Hamberger, Managing Director for Global Sourcing, Anke Ehlers, Managing Director for Corporate Responsibility International, Katharina Wortmann, Director Corporate Responsibility International, SM Nurul Azam, Director Corporate Responsibility, Md. HasanUz-Zaman, Senior Manager, Corporate Responsibility, ALDI SOUTH Group. BGMEA Vice President Miran Ali and Director Abdullah Hil Rakib were also present at the meeting.
During the meeting BGMEA President Faruque Hassan said Bangladesh has earned global recognitions and accolades as a safe, sustainable and ethical apparel sourcing hub. In order to retain its fame and competitiveness, the RMG industry of Bangladesh has given priority to diversification in products, especially more focus on non-cotton and high-end product segment, and innovation in product development and process optimization, he added. The BGMEA President requested the Aldi delegation to share encouraging stories of Bangladesh’s garment industry with relevant international stakeholders. Aldi, an international retailer with over 10,000 stores around the world, has long been souring garments from Bangladesh.