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SAC links up with Dhaka-event ‘Sustainable Apparel Forum 2023’

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SAC links up with Dhaka-event ‘Sustainable Apparel Forum 2023’

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) is linking up with the Bangladesh Apparel Exchange (BAE) for the fourth edition of the Sustainable Apparel Forum where industry stakeholders will exchange ideas on how best to advance sustainability.

Taking place in the Bangladeshi capital city of Dhaka on March 15 and 16, the two-day event will focus on five key areas of the apparel and textile supply chain – the circular economy; climate impact and action; renewable energy and green funding; skill development; and green job prospects and challenges

Delegates will include garment manufacturers, brands and retailers, development partners, foreign missions and embassies, impact creating organisations, apparel and textile associations, industry leaders, and government officials and ministers.

The first day will be geared towards roundtable discussions and workshop sessions on circularity, while day two – the main conference day – will feature panel discussions, presentations and keynote speeches.

For the SAC, Andrew Martin, VP, membership and stakeholder engagement, board director Vidhura Rapanawe, and Joyce Tsoi, director of collective action programmes, will take part in a discussion on what it will take for the industry to achieve its carbon emissions targets. The SAC will also organise a workshop for manufacturers.

Martin said told the media that they’re honoured to be supporting the Bangladesh Apparel Exchange with the opportunity to leverage our strength in collaboration to move the industry forward.

“The Sustainable Apparel Forum presents a great opportunity to deepen our collaborations in the global south, ensuring they have a voice and can share their perspectives in our collective effort to find common ground to ultimately transform the industry.”

Bangladesh Apparel Exchange founder and CEO Mostafiz Uddin commented: “One of the objectives of the BAE is ensuring the sustainable growth of the industry through its multifarious and meaningful initiatives.

“Bangladesh Apparel Exchange believes that sustainability, technology and innovation are key to the progress of the Bangladesh apparel industry and, by working together with SAC, we aim to enable Bangladesh to progress as a responsible sourcing destination on the global map through to promotion of sustainability, innovation, technology and transparency in the industry.”

Anyone interested in registering for the event can now do so via the Sustainable Apparel Forum.

The SAC previously partnered with the Bangladesh Apparel Exchange for the second edition of the event in 2019.


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