4 Dhaka cos join sustainable textile partnership

4 Dhaka cos join sustainable textile partnership

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Four major companies from the readymade garment (RMG) sector have joined the “Partnership for Sustainable Textile”, initiated by German Federal Development Minister Dr Gerd Mueller.
The four companies are: DBL Group, Niagara Textiles Ltd, Saiham Knit Composite Ltd and JMS Holdings, according a release of the German Embassy in Dhaka.
The Declaration of Accession on the “Partnership for Sustainable Textiles” was signed at a programme on Sunday, attended by Hans-Joachim Fuchtel, the German Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development.Fuchtel is now visiting Bangladesh to attend the three-day Dhaka Apparel Summit 2014, began here on Sunday. During the visit, he would be promoting the “Partnership for Sustainable Textiles,” which aims at social, environmental and economic improvements in the country’s RMG sector.
The four companies, which have a combined annual turnover of 580 million euro and employ 35,000 workers, have already been collaborating with GTZ, the German development agency and KfW, the German development bank for many years to improve their social and environmental standards. During the time of cooperation with Bangladeshi RMG enterprises, about 100,000 workers, factory managers, owners and labour inspectors have been trained on safety standards in the RMG sector.
Fuchtel said that the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development has invested 10 million euro in the “Partnership” and promises additional funds of 6 million euro.”
At the signing ceremony, Fuchtel also introduced “Labourline” – a labour dispute settlement helpline, which provide information on labour-related issues and address shortcomings in resolving labour disputes. The helpline will support factory workers by settling disputes with owners and managers to ensure their rights. – BSS

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