Staff Correspondent: SNV Netherlands Development Organization in partnership with Dutch Bangla Chambers of Commerce & Industry (DBCCI), and Apon Wellbeing Limited formed Wellbeing for Makers Platform to encourage the private companies to design innovative Inclusive Business (IB) solutions for the RMG workers health and wellbeing. This platform has extended their support towards private companies for orientation and incubation of IB initiatives-as one of the best approaches to contribute to achieving the SDG goal on private sector, linking with national and international ventures through events and also providing technical support to design workshops. In continuation of this initiatives, Wellbeing for Makers Platform organized Inclusive Business Seminar and Networking Event on July 29, 2019 at Le Méridian, Dhaka to facilitate a knowledge-based discussion and collaboration among the business entities on Inclusive Business, and award the private companies joined in the competition of new IB offering for RMG sector.
The objective of the event was to promote dialogue on responsible business practices through inclusive business intervention in the RMG sector to uphold better business prospect, encourage private companies to introduce new IB models converging health and wellbeing of the RMG workers, scaling up the advancement of IB through collaboration opportunities and share acquired knowledge among the participating organizations, donor, government and experts.
Mr. Sheikh Fazle Fahim, President, Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) and Mr. Mohammad Ali Khokon, President, Bangladesh Textile Mills Association (BTMA) were present as Special Guests while the President of DBCCI, Mr. Faruque Hassan presided over the event.
Delegates from Donors, UN & international development organizations, owners & management from private companies, sectoral expert & researchers participated in the seminar.
Mr. Mohammad Ali Khokon, President, Bangladesh Textile Mills Association (BTMA) addressed the importance of the engagement of private sector as a key actor formulate systemic solutions that will drive a sectoral change for ensuring health especially SRHR and well-being of garment workers.
Mr. Sheikh Fazle Fahim, President, Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) appreciated the initiatives of SNV through Working with Women Project in 2014 which assessed feasibility of inclusive business practices in improving the health and well-being of RMG workers while improving productivity and delivering sustainable business benefits which is now extend to build innovative mechanisms and platform to promote Inclusive business through improved health and well-being of RMG workers, with a special focus on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). He also considered this event as a platform to establish linkage within private sector to ensure sustainability on the inclusive business strategy in Bangladesh.