Bangladesh: BGMEA launches project to make en­tire ap­parel sup­ply chain trans­par­ent via dig­i­tal map­ping

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Bangladesh Gar­ment Man­u­fac­tur­ers and Ex­porters As­so­ci­a­tion (BGMEA) re­cently launched a project to digitally map the coun­try’s ap­parel in­dus­try. The move will en­able a trans­par­ent ap­parel sup­ply chain in Bangladesh.

“The map­ping project will fuel Bangladesh’s gar­ment in­dus­try ad­vance­ments, in­spire shared re­spon­si­bil­ity, re­spon­si­ble sourc­ing, col­lec­tive ac­tion and build upon pre-ex­ist­ing im­prove­ment ef­forts through in­formed de­ci­sion-mak­ing,” says Parveen S. Huda, Project Head.

The first-of-its-kind project will gather de­tailed in­for­ma­tion of all the ap­parel fac­to­ries such as name, lo­ca­tion, work­ers em­ployed, prod­uct man­u­fac­tured, ex­port des­ti­na­tion and cus­tomers or brands it caters to. The au­then­ti­ca­tion of the data­base gen­er­ated will be crowd­sourced from the pub­lic. This will en­sure avail­abil­ity of pre­cise and lat­est in­for­ma­tion about any com­pany en­gaged in gar­ment man­u­fac­tur­ing.

Sid­diqur Rah­man, Pres­i­dent of BGMEA, be­lieves that the project will fur­ther com­ple­ment the ef­forts the as­so­ci­a­tion is tak­ing to­wards a re­spon­si­ble sup­ply chain in the coun­try.

The first ‘dig­i­tal map’ will go pub­lic in Dhaka, Bangladesh next year. The fi­nal map, which will in­clude the coun­try’s 20 ap­parel man­u­fac­tur­ing re­gions, will be out in 2021.

Bangladesh RMG in­dus­try em­ploys 4 mil­lion peo­ple and is con­stantly be­ing re­ported of is­sues re­gard­ing long work­ing hours, lack of safety mea­sures, vi­o­la­tion of labour rights, and lack of trans­parency in sub­con­tract­ing busi­ness.

The BGMEA-led project will al­low fac­tory of­fi­cials, gar­ment work­ers, brands, Gov­ern­ment and civil so­ci­ety or­ga­ni­za­tions to bring a change in the in­dus­try and im­prove its over­all im­age, claims Sid­diqur.

The first dig­i­tal map will go pub­lic in Dhaka next year

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