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