The Bangladesh Garments Manufacturer and Exporter Association (BGMEA) recently published the first-edition of its Sustainability Report from an association level. It is an attempt to assess its performance in the changing business landscape of the new normal.
This Sustainability Report has been developed with assistance of the 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) programme. The technical assistance for this Sustainability Report was provided by GFA Consulting Group, in collaboration with Stakeholder Reporting and iota Consulting BD and guided Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) in developing this report, where the views, opinions and information are that of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA).
BGMEA took the initiative to report its sustainability performances through the lens of the Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) sustainability reporting framework. Globally, this reporting structure is validated and acclaimed by all the stakeholders and adopted by major businesses.
In the global business landscape, sustainability and business are strongly intertwined. The ready-made garments (RMG) industry of Bangladesh has faced numerous challenges since its inception. And every time, we transformed and upgraded our industry to make it more resilient. Besides workplace safety, our RMG industry of Bangladesh has been proactively contributing to sustainability. Many of our members already have sustainability reporting practices. Therefore, sharing a collaborative story on sustainability should help us author the narrative of the industry’s stride and accomplishment, which will, hopefully, break the usual perception of the stakeholders and society at large.
The impact of our RMG industry is not just confined just stitching garments but it extends to a socio-economic strata. The RMG industry of Bangladesh, with regard to sustainability, is committed to maintain a strong foothold in line with the global apparel brands.