Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers & Exporters Association (BGMEA), one of most important associations of export-oriented apparel manufacturers of Bangladesh, has joined the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action, an initiative convened by the UN Climate Change.
By joining the initiative, BGMEA pledges to support the ambitious goals enshrined in the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action, in line with the goals established by the Paris Agreement of 2015.
This Charter has actually more ambitious goals than the previous industry-wide commitments as it includes a target of 30% greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions by 2030 and a commitment to analyze and set a decarbonization pathway for the fashion industry.
“The ready-made garment industry of Bangladesh is steadily heading towards sustainability. By joining the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action, BGMEA commits to working collaboratively with brands, suppliers and other organizations towards GHG emission reductions pathway that puts fashion industry towards a low carbon future,” commented Rubana Huq, president, BGMEA.
“We welcome BGMEA to the Fashion Industry Charter family and we look forward to their leadership and contribution in inspiring manufacturers in Bangladesh and beyond, to raise climate ambition in a united effort to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees” said Niclas Svenningsen, head of global, Climate Action of the UN Climate Change.
“I am really happy that BGMEA has joined the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action,” commented Mostafiz Uddin, managing director, Denim Expert Ltd, the first factory from Bangladesh that joined the Fashion Industry Charter, and founder and CEO of Bangladesh Denim Expo.
“I think fashion industry is globally one of the largest polluters to environment. So, I personally have made a lot of effort to make BGMEA join the initiative. It’s a landmark commitment of the Bangladesh’s apex apparel manufacturing association which I believe will contribute greatly to sustainability and to reduce global warming as well as climate change impacts.”
The Charter, which is open for other companies and organizations to join, recognizes the crucial role that fashion plays on both sides of the climate equation. Among the brands and companies that have already joined the Charter are Adidas, Burberry, Esprit, Gap, Guess, H&M, Hugo Boss, Lenzing, Kering Group, Levi Strauss, Peak Performance, Puma, Sympatex Technologies and Denim Expert.
Supporting organizations include, among others, China National Textile and Apparel Council (CNTAC), China Textile Information Center (CTIC), Global Fashion Agenda (GFA), Global Organic Textile Standard , (GOTS), Outdoor Industry Association (OIA), Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), Textile Exchange, WWF International and Zero Discharge Of Hazardous Chemicals Foundation (ZDHC) Foundation.