Thrust on building green RMG companies

Dhaka,  Wed,  20 September 2017
Published : 15 Aug 2017, 20:55:42

Thrust on building green RMG companies

The Business Initiative Leading Development (BUILD), a public-private dialogue and research body along with the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) recently organised a Focus Group Discussion on the Textile Sustainability Platform (TSP) to accumulate ideas for cleaner textile, said a statement.

Faruque Hassan, Senior Vice President, BGMEA and Asif Ibrahim, Former Chairman, BUILD co-chaired the meeting. The TSP is a forum for public-private dialogue and cooperation on strengthening environmental sustainability and resource use efficiency in the textile sector. TSP was originated from the Partnership for Cleaner Textile (PaCT) initiative supported by International Finance Corporation (IFC), a project that is expected to enter its second phase soon.

Senior representatives  from relevant government organizations, private sector chambers and firms, research organizations and development partners attended the meeting. Ernst & Young, a multinational professional services firm headquartered in London participated in the session to assess the ongoing activities and future potential of TSP.

Discussants stressed the importance of disseminating the progress achieved in promoting textile sustainability by the activities of TSP both among the members and beyond.  Through an e-Platform. To attain results on the ground level, it would be useful to initiate peer learning across textile organizations at regional level.

Asif Ibrahim, Co-Chair of TSP recommended harnessing the potential of digital technology to strengthen communication and deliberation in the TSP platform and the overall textile sector.

Faruque Hassan, Co-Chair of TSP noted that business organizations are increasingly becoming sensitized about using water resource in a more efficient manner. Mr. Hassan stressed that the TSP should be a permanent platform to enable the textile sector grow on a sustainable and competitive footing. Textile enterprises are now largely compliant with respect to effluent treatment plants. The representative from Department of Environment (DoE) mentioned that DoE is currently in the process of undertaking an initiative for online monitoring of CETP operation.

Ferdaus Ara Begum, CEO of BUILD, summarized the discussion under ten points that include: tax incentives for green investment, stronger information dissemination, regional peer learning, stronger policy advocacy, spreading the sustainability initiative beyond the suppliers of international brands, promotion of research and innovation, commercialization of innovation, online monitoring of ETPs and stronger promotion of zero discharge policy, highlighting the benefits of energy and water savings, and incorporation of the lessons of PaCT in its next phase.

The TSP would now invigorate its efforts to act on the findings and recommendations generated during the FGD session.

Dr Ahsan Mansur, ED PRI,  Dr K.  G Moazzem  of CPD, representatives of  H&M,  DBL, Lindexetc and from public sector representatives from  Department of Environment, Ministry of Industries, BIDA, SARSO and other experts spoke and put forward their point of views.
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