Thursday, 9th February, 2023
Thursday, 9th February, 2023

BGMEA urges Primark to step up partnership with Bangladeshi suppliers

Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters
Association (BGMEA) President Faruque Hassan today urged Primark to step up
partnership 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 partnership
with their suppliers in Bangladesh to produce more innovative high-end
products.

The BGMEA president also requested Primark to build long-term partnership
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 today, said a press release.

The delegation included 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
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, environment and improve the lives of the
workers in the supply chain.

They expressed optimism of 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.

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