The alleged lack of fair pricing and unethical practices by some global buyers (who source from the flourishing garment sector of Bangladesh) have long been the concern areas of the country’s apparel makers.
Representing the Bangladesh garment industry at a panel discussion titled ‘Downward Pressures: Reforming the Apparel Sector by Tackling Purchasing Practices’ in London recently, Managing Director of Denim Expert Limited and Founder and CEO of Bangladesh Apparel Exchange (BAE) Mostafiz Uddin, once again brought focus back on this burning issue when he called upon the buyers to adhere to responsible buying practices when sourcing from the country.
In the discussion, Mostafiz Uddin illustrated how garment factories in Bangladesh often badly suffer due to lack of responsible purchasing practices and in the absence of any legal framework in the Western world to hold the buyers responsible who indulge in unethical purchasing practices.
Organised by Freedom Fund, other speakers at the discussion were Jennifer Schappert, Policy Advisor of OECD Responsible Business Conduct Unit and Aruna Kashyap, Senior Counsel for the Women’s Rights Division of Human Rights Watch.
Head of Supply Chain Innovation and Transformation at C&A Foundation, Jill Tucker, moderated the panel discussion.