The textile and apparel sector contributes around 20% to Bangladeshs GDP

The textile and apparel sector contributes around 20% to Bangladesh's GDP

The boards of Bangladesh's newest safety monitoring initiative Nirapon, and the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), have pledged to continue to work together to safeguard workers in the Southeast Asian country's RMG sector. 

Representatives of both organisations met with their counterparts from the Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA) recently to continue the conversation on their shared goal to protect the safety of ready-made garment (RMG) factory workers in Bangladesh. 

All parties committed to engage in an "ongoing, constructive dialogue in order to ensure continued partnership."

The target, the groups say, is to support a unified and sustainable approach to safety at a national level in order to sustain the significant progress made so far.

In the meantime, Nirapon says it will continue its operations while it simultaneously explores how best to support collaboration with the national safety initiative. 

Launched in March, Nirapon is a voluntary programme tasked with overseeing the ongoing safety, training and helpline efforts in Bangladesh's RMG factories.

It is backed by more than 20 brands and retailers, including The Children's Place, Walmart, VF Corp, Nordstrom, Target, Macy's, JC Penney, Gap Inc, Abercrombie & Fitch, and Li & Fung.

According to the re:source by just-style strategic sourcing tool, the textile and apparel sector contributes around 20% to Bangladesh's GDP. It employs around 20m people in the country and is the major driving force of the country's economy. Some 8% of world apparel exports come from Bangladesh.

You can access just-style's recent interview with Nirapon CEO, Moushumi Khan here, and our interview with president of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), businesswoman Dr Rubana Huq here