‘RMG sector ranked 2nd for ethical manufacturing globally’
Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) President Faruque Hassan said a recent study by Hong Kong-based supply chain compliance solutions provider QIMA has ranked Bangladesh's garment industry as second in "ethical manufacturing" globally.
At a seminar by Dutch-Bangla Chamber of Commerce and Industries (DBCCI) title of "Seminar on Wellbeing of RMG Workers through Inclusive Business Initiative" at a city hotel on Saturday said RMG industry in Bangladesh has made significant progress in areas of sustainability, especially about workers well-being and industrial relations.
Faiyaz Murshid Kazi, Director General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, DBCCI president Anwar Shawkat Afser Shaikh Saif Al Rashid, CEO, Apon Wellbeing Ltd.; Tawhida Shiropa, Founder and CEO, Moner Bondhu; Mamunur Rahman, Founder, Ella Pad; Jalalul Azim, CEO, Pragati Life Insurance Ltd; Syful Alam Mallick, Compliance Manager, South Asia, Auchan took part in the discussants.
Jamal Uddin, Inclusive Business Advisor, SNV made the keynote presentation.
BGMEA president said from of child labour in mid-nineties and emerging compliances issues including timely payment of wages, ensuring minimum wage, overtime, hygiene at workplace, and so on, the industry has responded well on all issues of compliance and workers' rights.
The BGMEA President said since the industry has witnessed a paradigm shift since the tragic incident of Rana Plaza collapse in 2013 that included structural safety and also fire and electrical safety at workplace. It was supported by the international brands and donors like ILO, in addition to the lead role played by the government.
Labour Law was amended twice in 2013 and in 2018, and Labor Rules was promulgated in 2015 to ensure workers well-being and safety at workplace. Formation of safety committee in every factory was made mandatory, workers participation committee has been set up through elections.
A central fund has been created under the supervision of the government where garment factories are contributing $10 million of their export receipts to be used for the workers' welfare, he added.
BGMEA president said the industry has earned global recognitions through implementation of all these unprecedented steps. He said a recent survey by Hong Kong-based supply chain QIMA, ranked Bangladesh's garment industry second in "Ethical Manufacturing" at global level.