Walt Disney to resume shopping for clothes in Bangladesh
Citing a source, the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association or BGMEA said Friday evening that Walt Disney had considered including the country in its list of authorized sourcing countries with international labor standards audits.
Disney had yet to officially announce the decision.
BGMEA President Faruque Hassan praised Walt Disney’s decision in recognition of “all-round advancements and transformations in the industry, especially in the area of occupational safety, social standards and environmental sustainability” .
Factories participating in the ILO’s Better Work Bangladesh program will have the right to become a supplier, while they must participate in the Nirapon or the RMG Sustainability Council (RSC) as well as specific remediation achievement criteria.
The BGMEA said the industry has made “unprecedented” efforts and investments to ensure fire safety, electrical and structural integrity, a strong follow-up to the refurbishment of factories, to create a culture of safety while promoting the well-being of workers in recent years.
The entire safety transformation agenda has been supported and facilitated by government, ILO, international brands, manufacturers and global unions.
Hong Kong-based supply chain compliance solutions provider “QIMA” ranked Bangladesh as the second highest ethical manufacturing country in its recent QIMA Q1 2021 Barometer report.
The assessment included performance against parameters such as hygiene, health and safety, child and youth labor, labor practices including forced labor, worker representation, disciplinary practices and discrimination, working hours and wages, and waste management.
The study was conducted at a time when COVID has disrupted the global fashion industry and supply chain, and maintaining such a level of compliance is a testament to our resilience and commitment.
“In addition, advancements in cleaner and greener manufacturing are a testament to the industry’s commitment and actions towards building a sustainable supply chain,” the association said. .
The country home to the world’s most LEED green factories, with 144 USGBC-certified LEED green factories, 41 of which are platinum, is earning the trust of global brands and consumers through its tireless efforts over the past decade, he added.
BGMEA continued, as the only association in the world, to be honored with the USGBC Leadership Award 2021 for its leadership in promoting environmental sustainability and green industrialization in the RMG industry.
“As we commit to upholding social and safety standards, we have aligned ourselves with global commitments such as reducing GHG emissions by 30% until 2030.
“Through these actions and transformation, Bangladesh has positioned itself well as a preferred sourcing partner for a conscious brand like Disney, which is committed to fostering safe, inclusive and respectful workplaces in its factories. manufacturing around the world. “