The United Nations Secretary-General’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) advocate and the Queen of the Belgians Mathilde Marie Christine Ghislaine d’Udekemd’Acoz visited Fakir Apparels Ltd, said to be Bangladesh’s biggest export-oriented textile composite knit manufacturing company, at Fatullah in Narayanganj.
As a part of her 3-day visit in Bangladesh, she went to witness the progress made by Fakir Apparels Ltd as an exceptional garment manufacturing company throughout the globe operating in Bangladesh, said a press release.
On behalf of Fakir Apparels Ltd, Fakir Maniruzzaman, managing director; Fakir Nafizuzzaman, deputy managing director; Monjarin Zaman, director and Fakir Rafsanuzzaman, director; Faruque Hassan, president, Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), Mohammad Hatem, executive president, Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA) and Bakhtiar Uddin Ahmed, chief operating officer of Fakir Apparels accompanied the queen during her visit to Fakir Apparels.
Fakir Apparels Ltd has shifted 15% of their energy usage to renewable energy and another 15% of their products is recycled materials.
By 2030, they wish to shift 100% of their energy dependency to renewable sources and 100% recycled materials.
They have already implemented zero climate impact dyeing process and water efficiency in its operations.
In accordance with SDG 5 Gender Equality, Fakir Apparels has implemented an employee ratio of 55:50 for men to women employee ratio.
They are also aligned with SDG 4 Quality Education to ensure career progression programs for their employees.
Fakir Apparels offers facilities such as regular mental health awareness campaigns, planned sessions with mental health counselors and interactive activities for their staff.
The company ensures maximum safety and security to diligent workforce. Providing biodegradable Sanitary Napkins (SW), 112 days fully paid maternity leave and special breastfeeding area for mothers, and other such benefits to support female health and child safety.
Fakir Nafizuzzaman, DMD of Fakir Apparels, said: “This has allowed us to showcase our strengths as a garments factory in Bangladesh. We will continue this effort to create a world-class working environment in the company.”
Monjarin Zaman, director of Fakir Apparels, said: “This was a great opportunity for Fakir Apparels Ltd. to showcase the progress that we have made so far in front of Her Majesty.”