BGMEA is the only organization across the apparel industry that got the award
The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has been awarded the 2021 USGBC Leadership Award by the US Green Building Council (USGBC) for green initiatives in the local apparel industry.
BGMEA is the only organization across the apparel industry that got the award.
Faruque Hassan, president of BGMEA, was speaking at a virtual press conference held on Saturday.
BGMEA said that the USGBC announced the awardees from around the world in a press release on Friday.
Faruque Hassan also said that 43 garment factories have received "Lead Platinum" certification for fulfilling the codes and compliances related to the environment and the certificate has been issued by the USGBC.
39 of the top 100 LEED certified factories in the world in the industrial category are located in Bangladesh. Another 500 factories are awaiting certification. This achievement has been made possible due to the foresight and strong will and initiative of the garment entrepreneurs of the country, said the BGMEA president.
He also said that RMG manufacturers took the challenge of restructuring the industry after some unexpected accidents in the sector.
“Over the past decade, Bangladesh's garment industry has established itself as a role model in the world as a safe industry with the tireless work of our entrepreneurs, spending thousands of crores in the security sector and the support of government-buyer-development partners,” he also said.
“We have been able to bring about a radical change in the industry by prioritizing the environment and safety of workers. Our initiative and achievements have been praised worldwide,” he mentioned.
According to Hong Kong-based international audit firm QIMA, Bangladesh ranks second in the world in terms of ethical sourcing. This report has been prepared by evaluating various aspects of the quality, compliance, working hours and labor quality of the global supply chain, said BGMEA president.
The report has come at a time when the industry is going through a crisis due to the pandemic, said Faruque Hassan.
He also said that they are also working to reduce the gender inequality in the RMG sector.
Moreover, Bangladesh has made significant progress in compliance and professional safety in factories, he added.
“These achievements prove our resilience, entrepreneurial dedication, dynamism, and determination to turn around. And through these acquisitions we have succeeded in maintaining the confidence of international buyers. Bangladesh has been able to hold its second place in the world,” said Faruque Hassan.
Bangladesh has been able to double its exports in the last 10 years where the export was worth $14.6 billion in 2011,it touched the milestone of worth $33.1 billion in 2019.
“The impact of the pandemic on exports in 2020 is very clear and we are trying to recover from the impact of this disaster with the help of the government, manufacturers and our experiences,” said the BGMEA president.
In the press conference, Mohammad Monower Hossain, joint secretary of RDTI and head of sustainability of the BGMEA presented the paper on requirements, process and impact of green factories where Gopal Krishnan, head director of Asia Pacific of USGBC, hailed the progress of Bangladesh in eco-friendly and green factory field.