Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) President Faruque Hassan urged Primark to step up partnerships with Bangladeshi suppliers in product diversification and sustainability.
Faruque requested Primark to increase sourcing apparel, especially more diversified value-added products from Bangladesh.
He also urged the globally renowned clothing brand to strengthen its partnership with their suppliers in Bangladesh to produce more innovative high-end products.
The BGMEA president also requested Primark to build long-term partnerships with their suppliers to support them in scaling up capacity in the area of sustainability in products and processes.
The call was made when a delegation of Primark and Associated British Foods (ABF) met with BGMEA President Faruque Hassan at BGMEA Complex at Uttara in the capital on Tuesday.
The delegation included the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Primark Paul Marchant, Director of Legal Services and Company Secretary of ABF Paul Lister, its Group Corporate Responsibility Director Katharine Stewart, Group Product Director of Primark Steve Lawton, Group Director of Planning and Space Jon Rolls, Head of Policy and Public Affairs of Primark Emma Ormond, its Head of Sourcing Matthew Rhodes, and Country Controller of Primark Filippo Poggi.
BGMEA Vice-President Miran Ali and Director Faisal Samad were also present at the meeting.
They discussed the current state of the industry, its challenges, and its prospects.
They also had discussions on how Primark and BGMEA could step up their collaboration to achieve common goals in the area of sustainability to make positive impacts on the economy, and environment and improve the lives of the workers in the supply chain.
They expressed optimism about working together to create a win-win situation for Primark and the industry.
Faruque highlighted the strategic vision of the BGMEA that aims to accelerate the growth of the RMG industry making it more sustainable and competitive with innovation and technology.
He called upon Primark to support the Centre of Innovation, Efficiency, and OSH (CIEOSH).
The centre established by the BGMEA aims to support Bangladesh’s RMG industry with knowledge and technological know-how to enhance its competitiveness in the global markets.