The International Finance Corporation (IFC) has confirmed it is investing US$7m into the second phase of the Partnership for Cleaner Textile (PaCT) initiative to introduce more efficient and cleaner production practices to the Bangladesh textile industry – and has told just-style it is in touch with more donors in order to scale up the programme.

PaCT was initially launched in 2013, supported by the government of the Netherlands and the IFC, and in partnership with the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), Solidaridad, 13 global apparel brands and two technology suppliers.

Towards the end of the first phase, the programme was advising more than 200 factories in Bangladesh to adopt cleaner production practices to cut water, energy and chemical use in the textile industry – and achieved a saving of 21.6bn litres of water and 2.5m MW hours of energy per year in partner factories.

A spokesperson for the IFC, which is an arm of The World Bank, told just-style the second phase of the programme is supported by the government of Australia and "will continue to help the Bangladeshi textile sector to become environmentally sustainable and competitive and significantly increase the scope of the programme by working with the entire textile value chain from spinning to the final finished product.

"In the second phase, we plan to focus on increasing the number of sustainable suppliers, target a minimum of 250 factories, continue with water and energy efficiency measures, also focus on chemical management. We will also be exploring renewable energy options such as solar rooftops in factories and working on worker well-being initiatives."

Bangladesh clean textile pact launches phase two