Staff Reporter: Bangladesh is the second largest RMG exporter in the world after China. Being the nucleus of the country’s economy, the sector employs more than 4.5 million workers in which majority are covered by female. Every factory abides by the legal requirements that are mandatory to run business but there are a number of factories who have been performing some good practices that are uplifting the living standard of the workers as well as positively impacting to the society. To recognize those factories for the second time, The RMG Times, one of the fastest growing online apparel news sources in Bangladesh, has come up with the initiative of ‘G. Güldenpfennig-RMG Times Best Practice Award 2019’, a competition among the factories to make their good practices to the best and this year 13 RMG factories of the country have been declared as the winners.
The grand award ceremony held yesterday, 15 June 2019, at Sector 7 Restaurant & Party Centre in Dhaka in the presence of a huge number of senior RMG professionals, BGMEA-BKMEA representatives, brand representatives, applicant factory delegates and NGOs/INGOs representatives of the country and beyond.
The event was sponsored by G. Güldenpfennig GmbH, a buying house in Bangladesh based in Germany.
From a lot of applicants this year, the respected Judge panel selected Ananta Garments Ltd.,Snowtex Outerwear Ltd., ACS Textiles (Bangladesh) Ltd., Comfit Composite Knit Ltd., Echotex Ltd., MG Niche Stitch Limited, Yasin Knittex Industries Limited, Tosrifa Industries Ltd, BRANDIX Casualwear Bangladesh Ltd., MAS Intimates Bangladesh (Pvt.) Ltd., Renaissance Group, Dekko Readywears Ltd. and AKH FASHIONS LTD. as the winners among them because of their good practices, above the legal demands, for the betterment of life standard of the workers and employees.
“Even if it’s a remote area of the world, negativity spreads out faster than the positive things do. With a mindset to unveil the good aspects of our RMG sector to all, we came up with the initiative last year in a form of competition. The objective was to tell the world that we are not the country of Rana Plaza and Tazreen Fashion only, we have the highest number of green garment factories in the world now. Even we do have such factories, those applied for this award, who are doing a phenomenal job above the law to upgrade the life standard of the workers as well as positively impacting the society”, was saying Mr. Abdul Alim, Editor- The RMG Times, in his welcome speech.
“I appreciate to all the factories who applied this year and congratulations to the award winning factories. Heartiest gratitude for the honorable judges in the panel for their great effort in selecting the top factories for the award. I also thank to the sponsor G. Guldenpfennig GmbH for extending their cooperation with us and also our supporting partners- SMS Bangladesh, BizCare and SR Asia”, Mr. Alim added.
Mr. Mohiuddin Babar, CEO-BizCare, Mr. Saiful Millat, Country Head- amfori, Mr. Zia Ahad, renowned compliance professional of Bangladesh, Mr. Lutful Kabir, Senior Advisor for Strategy Development- GIZ, Mr. S M Najmul Hasan, Compliance Manager (Bangladesh, India, Pakistan & Turkey)- G. Guldenphfennig, Mr. Abdul Mottaleb, Managing Director- GSCS Ltd., Mr. Zahidur Rahman Morol, Responsible Sourcing Manager (Bangladesh)- JCPenney, Mr. Atikur Rahman, Country Representative- Aitex, Mohitosh Bhowmick, Senior Manager (Safety Assurance)-VF Asia Ltd. among others, were present during the award ceremony.
The successful award ceremony came to an end with the commitment of making Bangladesh proud with positive approaches towards the workers, environment and society.