BKMEA ACROSS THE GLOBE

 

BKMEA ACROSS THE GLOBE

 

BKMEA representation in the International Apparel federation (IAF)

When leading industrialists, Joachim Hoffman (Europe), Komataro Kondo (Japan) and Thomas Roboz (USA) founded the International Apparel Federation in 1972 in Williamsburg (USA), they had a dream to bring together apparel manufacturers from all over the world. Building bridges between continents by promoting common business interests, by encouraging best practice and supporting apparel manufacturers and marketers worldwide.

After almost forty years the IAF has become the world’s leading federation for apparel manufacturers, their associations, and the supporting industry. IAF’s membership now include apparel associations from more than 40 countries representing over 150,000 companies who provide products and services to the apparel industry – a membership that represents over 20 million employees. The associate members of IAF are prominent companies or institutes in technology, business services, retailing, logistics, culture and education.

“Building bridges across continents, the international Apparel Federation (IAF) wants to maximize the value its members can gain from global cooperation”

 
  • for the betterment of business practices
  • for the advancement of technology and the promotion of its’ use
  • for the encouragement of innovation and new ways of thinking.
  • for the growth of apparel trade worldwide.
  • for the improvement of social, health and safety, and environmental conditions relating to the apparel chain worldwide
  • for the advancement of apparel related education and training.

BKMEA is the only member organization from Bangladesh that obtained membership form and represents the IAF. Most importantly, BKMEA also has representation in the Board of Directors of the IAF. The IAF firmly believes that global responsibility is one of the main strategic issues facing the global apparel industry. BKMEA holds the same opinion and is working in sync with the IAF to achieve that goal so that the International apparel business trend oozes some signs of responsibility under ethical guidelines of the business management.

 

BKMEA’s Social Compliance project with GIZ, Germany.

Working on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and other bilateral donors, including the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), GIZ has focused on the following priority areas in Bangladesh since 2014:

 
  • Renewable energies and energy efficiency
  • Good governance, rule of law and human rights
  • Adaptation to climate change in urban areas.

The clothing industry in Bangladesh is growing rapidly. Bangladesh is already the second largest producer of textiles after China. This business accounts for 80 per cent of the country’s exports and provides work for 4.1 million people, most of them women.Since 2005 GIZ has been supporting over 2,000 businesses with a total of 1.5 million employees, on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the European Union. In the past four years, 650 textile factories markedly improved their social and environmental standards, and 230 factories were certified for at least one international labor standard. BKMEA is working closely with GIZ in shaping compliance norms across the industry. BKMEA and GIZ working relation had started from 2007.With BKMEA, GIZ has worked in following areas in partnership;

  1. renewable energies and energy efficiency
2. good governance, rule of law and human rights
3. Adaptation to climate change in urban areas.



BKMEA’s ties with Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.

Manchester Metropolitan University is the largest campus-based undergraduate university in the UK with a total student population of more than 37,000. Their claim is to be the University for World Class professionals with an emphasis on vocational education and employability. BKMEA had inked a MoU with the university with a view to exchanging experience and expertise for the development of Bangladesh Knitwear industry. The MoU contains the following issues:


 
1) Exchange ideas on the changes of the technology
2) Provide training to BKMEA trainers on productivity and other technical up-gradation issues
3) Sharing knowledge on applicability of modern machineries on the factory premises.
4) Allowing the capable BKMEA Trainers to be enrolled into the University graduate program depending on the experience, education and working network.



BKMEA’s working tie with UNIDO

UNIDO has long focused on the specific needs of LDCs in line with the global consensus on the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals and the Brussels Programme of Action for LDCs, which called for building LDCs’ productive capacities (commitment 4) and enhancing the role of trade in development (commitment 5). UNIDO’s strategy for supporting LDCs has been multi-dimensional, ranging from a greater allocation of technical cooperation resources to LDC-specific initiatives to global forum activities focusing on the specific needs of LDCs.

BKMEA considers itself lucky to have been associated with UNIDO in implementation of an international standard training center namely “Institute of Apparel Research and Technology” (IART). From this training center, BKMEA has been imparting trainings for the top level, mid-level and lower level officers of the member factories on social compliance, fire safety, productivity improvement, structural development, lean tool, production management, customs and UD, TALLY Software etc. The center has special attention for skill development and UNIDO helps develop tools and mechanism on that issue. We also school workers on how they can improve their sewing capability.



BKMEA’s association with ADB

Economic growth in Bangladesh has been largely inclusive and broad-based. The country has halved the national poverty rate to 31.5% in 2010 from 59% in 1991, and the urban poverty rate to 22% from 45% in the same period. Bangladesh is on track to achieve most of the Millennium Development Goals, including improved child health, gender equality in primary and secondary education, and wider access to finance.The overarching objective of ADB support is to provide assistance within its Strategy 2020’s development agenda of inclusive economic growth, environmentally sustainable growth, and regional integration.

BKMEA is at the fag end of the negotiation process with ADB, Bangladesh to initiate Skills forEmploymentInvestment program(SEIP) with supervisory and monitoring role being at the helm of the Ministry of Finance, Bangladesh. The project proposal is already at the Ministry of Finance and we are anticipating to kick off the program from February, 2015. Under the program, BKMEA will play role in the following areas.

 

1) Bringing out 41,000 skilled workers for the Knitwear industry
2) Making management professionals for the Knitwear Industry
3) Enhancing the capacity of the factories
4) Productivity improvement
5) Employment generation
6) Ensuring sustainable growth of the factories


Organizing Knit Exposition in foreign Countries:

Knit exposition is an annual organization of BKMEA, Providing information and presenting knit products to the importersbuyers for letting them know of our progress story. Before we used to organize it in Bangladesh, but we had changed the trend since 2012 and started organizing it in the foreign soil. In this connection, we have organized knit Expositions in Tokyo, Japan, Moscow, Russia, London, UK, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Las Vegas, USA. This has helped us to introduce our products to that particular country and at the same time, we have been able to get hold of their fashion and markets trends.  BKMEA has planned to explore Brazil, South Korea, Mexico, South Africa, and Chinaone after another through organizing knit expositions in those countries in the days to come.

BKMEA is at the fag end of the negotiation process with ADB, Bangladesh to initiate Skills forEmploymentInvestment program(SEIP) with supervisory and monitoring role being at the helm of the Ministry of Finance, Bangladesh. The project proposal is already at the Ministry of Finance and we are anticipating to kick off the program from February, 2015. Under the program, BKMEA will play role in the following areas.