Bangladesh Apparel Exchange (BAE) organised the 2nd Sustainable Apparel Forum (SAF)-2019 seminar in Dhaka on Tuesday, participating in which, speakers and stakeholders emphasised that compliance and workers’ safety should be the key focus for sustainable apparel industry.
“We are very much committed to our workers’ safety issues, workers’ rights and dignity in the garment sector under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina,” maintained Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Mayor and former BGMEA President Md. Atiqul Islam, who was the chief guest in the opening session of the seminar.
He further added that Bangladesh has became the second largest apparel exporter globally and the vision of the Government is to export US $ 50 billion worth apparel items by 2021.
More than 50 speakers from 20 countries in 5 panel discussions of the SAF shared their perspectives on issues covering sustainability such as human, transparency, water, purchasing practice and climate change.
“With the discussions of the SAF, a sustainability roadmap is going to be formulated. The sustainability roadmap will provide clear guidelines to the industry to add pace to the sustainability movement. The progresses of the roadmap will also be followed up in next editions of the SAF,” stated founder and CEO of Bangladesh Apparel Exchange (BAE), Mostafiz Uddin.
The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) was the co-organiser of the event.