Bangladesh’s RMG sector has faced a tough battle defending its reputation in recent years.
Incidents like the collapse of Rana Plaza and various other disasters have caused the image of the industry to take a hit, and the concerns have not been unfounded either.
But with a rise in the number of environment-friendly RMG factories in the Bangladesh, the industry looks poised for a green revolution.
Turning green will not only do wonders for the reputation of the RMG industry, it will also provide a better working environment, thereby ensuring worker safety and boosting productivity.
A green revolution is no pipe dream: Some 67 factories in Bangladesh have already received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification from the US Green Building Council.
And this is just the beginning, another 222 factories have been registered for certification.
Going green means cutting back on carbon emissions -- eco-friendly factories are using water-saving technology, harvesting rainwater, and using solar panels and servo motors for power generation.
This is a major step in getting back the attention of global brands and retailers which had turned away from Bangladesh.
Global buyers are, more and more, paying attention to environmental sustainability and, in the long run, Bangladesh will benefit by showing that its RMG sector does indeed care about workers and the environment.
The ready-made garment industry is one of the most important engines of the Bangladesh economy and, as such, it must keep up with the times.
It is in the interest of all of us to do so.