In a significant stride towards sustainable growth and skill development, a collaboration between Team Group, Swisscontact, and the Swedish embassy has been forged to groom the next generation of workers in the creation of high-end, environmentally-friendly garments.
Marking a remarkable initiative on this year’s International Youth Day, Swisscontact – an organization supported by the Swedish government – and the Swedish embassy in Dhaka have joined forces with local enterprise Team Group. The trio signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) aimed at nurturing the talents of young workers for the production of high-value, eco-conscious garment products.
The theme of this year’s International Youth Day, “Green Skilling for Youth in the Garment Sector,” perfectly aligns with the mission of the collaboration. This partnership signifies not just a commitment to skill development but also a dedication to promoting sustainable practices within the garment industry.
The ongoing Promoting Green Growth in Ready-Made Garments Through Skills (Progress) project, initiated in October 2022 by Swisscontact in partnership with the Embassy of Sweden, is at the heart of this transformative endeavor. One of the pivotal elements of this project is the support of 4A Dyeing Ltd, an environmentally responsible garment factory belonging to Team Group, located in the vibrant city of Savar in Dhaka.
The MoU between Swisscontact and Team Group focuses on bolstering skills and productivity while giving special attention to uplifting women within the ready-made garments sector. The partnership will facilitate training programs for the workers of 4A Dyeing Ltd, enabling them to manufacture garment items that adhere to stringent green compliance standards. The emphasis on eco-friendly practices not only aligns with global sustainability goals but also positions Bangladesh’s garment industry as a trailblazer in responsible manufacturing.
Dignitaries present at the MoU signing ceremony included Maria Stridsman, the deputy head of mission at the Embassy of Sweden in Dhaka; Ikarmul Sohel, national programme officer at the Embassy of Sweden; Mujibul Hasan Cezanne, country director of Swisscontact; Syeda Ishrat Fatema, team leader at Swisscontact for the Progress project; Abdullah Hil Nakib, deputy managing director of Team Group, and Md Zahedul Hoque, executive director of 4A Yarn Dyeing Ltd.
This collaboration stands as a testament to the power of partnership between governmental bodies, non-profit organizations, and private enterprises to drive positive change. It’s a beacon of hope for a more sustainable, inclusive, and skilled future for the youth in Bangladesh’s garment sector. As these young workers become equipped with the knowledge and expertise to create high-end green garments, they are not only shaping their own futures but also contributing to a more environmentally-conscious industry on a global scale.