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RMG industry earned global  recognition for safety, sustainability, workers’  wellbeing, BGMEA president says

| Updated: July 20, 2021 12:47:12

RMG industry earned global  recognition for safety, sustainability, workers’  wellbeing, BGMEA president says

The country’s readymade garment (RMG) industry has earned global recognition for strides in safety,  sustainability and workers’  wellbeing, said BGMEA President Faruque Hassan. 

"Starting from the elimination of child labour in mid-nineties,  and the emerging compliances issues, including timely payment of wages,  assurance of minimum wage,  overtime,  hygiene at the workplace,  and so on”, he said. 

“The industry has responded well on all the issues of compliance and workers’  rights”, Mr Hassan added.   

The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and  Exporters  Association  (BGMEA) president made the remarks while addressing a  seminar on inclusive business, held in the capital on Saturday. 

 Dutch-Bangla Chamber of  Commerce and  Industries  (DBCCI) organised the programme,  according to a statement. 

The BGMEA  President said after the tragic building collapse in  2013,  a  paradigm shift had taken place in the areas of structural,  fire and electrical safety at the workplace with the support from international brands, donors, namely  ILO, and the Bangladesh government.   

Besides, the  Labour Law was amended twice in  2013  and 2018, and the Labor  Rules was promulgated in 2015  to ensure workers’  well-being and safety at the workplace, he added.  

The formation of a safety committee in every factory has been made mandatory.

The workers' participation committee has also been made mandatory through elections.  

A central fund has been created under the government’s supervision, where garment factories are contributing  $10  million of their export receipts to be used for the workers’ welfare purposes, he said.

Mr Hassan further said the industry earned global recognitions through these unprecedented measures over the years. 

Citing a recent survey report by  Hong  Kong-based supply chain compliance solutions provider, QIMA, he said Bangladesh's RMG industry has been ranked second in  “Ethical  Manufacturing”.  

Faiyaz  Murshid  Kazi,  director-general of the  Ministry of  Foreign  Affairs attended the programme as the guest of honour. 

Jamal Uddin, Inclusive  Business  Advisor at SNV,  made the keynote presentation at the seminar.

DBCCI President  Md Anwar  Shawkat  Afser made the concluding remark in the programme. 

Shaikh  Saif  Al Rashid, CEO,  Apon  Wellbeing  Ltd.;  Tawhida Shiropa, Founder and  CEO,  Moner  Bondhu;  Mamunur Rahman, Founder,  Ella  Pad;  Md Jalalul  Azim,  CEO,  Pragati  Life  Insurance  Ltd;  Syful  Alam  Mallick,  Compliance Manager,  South Asia,  Auchan took part in the seminar as discussants. 


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