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BGMEA for responsible supply chain, unified code of conduct for social audits

The BGMEA president discussed about how Bangladesh and its RMG industry is doing in terms of exports amid the Covid-19 pandemic

Update : 02 Jul 2021, 12:02 AM

BGMEA President Faruque Hassan has laid emphasis on responsible supply chain, ethical sourcing and unified code of conduct for social audits while he was attending a panel discussion of AAFA's Social Responsibility Committee (SRC).

He joined the discussion on the invitation of the American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) held virtually on June 30, said a press release on Thursday.

This was the first of its kind invitation from AAFA to BGMEA which signifies the strategic partnership and collaboration between the two organizations.

The BGMEA president discussed minutely about how Bangladesh and its RMG industry is doing in terms of exports and maintaining health protocols in this difficult time of Covid-19.

He raised issues which are pertinent to responsible business practices and socially responsible supply chain, like ethical sourcing and purchasing practices, particularly the worsening trend in import price, which is unjustifiable to the sustainability strides made by the manufacturers.

He also flagged the issue of audit fatigue and the need for unified code of conduct for social audits which will be beneficial for the buyers, manufacturers and workers at large.

Faruque Hassan accentuated the importance of collaborative and strategic partnership between business to business and association to association to make businesses more complementary, resilient and sustainable.

He highlighted the future prospects of the industry and the need for industry up-grading particularly in the area of skills and efficiency enhancement, technological upgrading, and diversification of products (especially non-cotton) and welcomed US investments in these areas.

The virtual conference was attended, among others, by Thea Lee, deputy under secretary of international labour affairs, US Department of Labour; Scott Busby, acting principal deputy assistant secretary, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labour, US Department of State; and Charita Castro, director for labour affairs, Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR).

Nate Herman, senior vice president, policy, AAFA hosted the meeting.

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