RSC commits to ensuing workplace safety in RMG industry

Desk Report: The Board of Directors of the RMG Sustainability Council (RSC) held a Board meeting at the Amari Hotel in Dhaka on March 19th. The meeting was convened by Dan Rees, Director, Better Work, ILO and Neutral Convener of the RSC, and attended by all 18 Directors representing industry, brands and unions. Iqbal Hussain, MD and Acting CSO conducted the meeting with great preparation and assistance for RSC staff.


It was a productive and fruitful meeting with participation of all the Directors where the RSC Board took a number of decisions related to the operational issues of the RSC, especially its financial sustainability and longevity. We are pleased with the progress made by the organization (please refer to attachment) over the past 2 years, despite the challenges presented by Covid 19.

The funding of the RSC is also secure, with member brands and industry members contributing jointly to operational costs. Directors’ discussion was focused on how to make the RSC more dynamic in its operations and with the phase of Covid coming to an end, speed up its activities in the coming days to ensure world-class safety in the RMG industry of Bangladesh. The discussions also encompassed a long-term plan to further develop the organization to achieve its primary objective of delivering world-class sustainable workplace safety programs in the RMG industry of Bangladesh to keep it safer and better place to work. The RSC board asserted that the RSC would be instrumental in sustaining the accomplishments made by RMG sector in the area of workplace safety and sustainability.

The RSC Board of Directors who participated in the meeting included Faruque Hassan, President of BGMEA; Shafiul Islam Mohiuddin MP, former President of BGMEA; Dr. Rubana Huq, former President of BGMEA; Miran Ali, Vice President of BGMEA; Mohammad Hatem, Executive President of BKMEA; and Sharif Zahir, former Director of BGMEA; Christina Hajagos-Clausen, Textile and Garment Industry Director, IndustriAll; Amirul Haque Amin, President of National Garment Workers Federation (NGWF); China Rahman, General Secretary of the Federation of Garment Workers (FGW); Alke Boessiger, Deputy General Secretary of UNI Global Union; Babul Akter, general-secretary of the Bangladesh Garment and Industrial Workers Federation; Z M Kamrul Anam, President, Bangladesh Textile & Garment Workers League (BTGWL), Felicity Tapsell (Bestseller), Masarrat Quader (H&M), Jochen J.- Overmeyer (Otto Group) and Jorge Alonso Campo, (Inditex). The meeting concluded amicably with a vote of thanks to the convener.