An upcoming event showcasing the entire denim supply chain in Bangladesh and beyond will focus specifically on environmental sustainability, including eco-friendly wet processing techniques, when it takes place next month.  

The Bangladesh Denim Expo, which is billed as a one-stop sourcing platform for all aspects of jeanswear, is now in its third edition. The most recent expo attracted more than 2,000 visitors from 763 countries and 40 companies, according to organisers. 

This year's show will comprise a number of seminars on branding through green denim (environmental sustainability); operating a safe and responsible supply chain; sustainable denim development; and sustainable wet processing. 

A seminar on building leaders for sustained growth will take place on the first day of the show, looking at how Bangladeshi talent can be nurtured to fill top positions in the industry. 

Special guests include Andrew Olah, CEO of Olah Inc; Ishtiaq Alam, director at Ananta Group; Roger Hubert, regional head of Bangladesh and Pakistan for H&M/Puls Trading Far East; Syed Tanvir, director at Pacific Jeans; and Shams Mahmud, managing director for Shasha Denim. 

American & Efird (A&E), Absolute Denim, Arvind, Creora, DyStar, Smart Jeans and YKK are among the companies exhibiting. 

The Bangladesh Denim Expo is a non-profit enterprise that aims to not only to grow the denim trade in Bangladesh, but also to encourage better business practices. Surplus funds from the show will be channelled into a seed fund for a Denim University in the country to train workers and promote knowledge about the jeans business. 

After China, Bangladesh is the second largest exporter of jeans to Europe and ranks at number three for the US, with around 400 factories exporting nearly 180m denim garments globally every year. 

The Bangladesh Denim Expo will take place on 11-12 November at the Bashundhara Covention City in Dhaka. Click here for more details.