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International Apparel Federation keen on unified code for compliance audits

by Apparel Resources News-Desk

07-December-2018  |  1 min read

Han Bekke
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Highlighting the business implications of multiple compliance audits for supplier factories, global platform for apparel makers- the International Apparel Federation (IFA), has recently expressed its keenness to establish a unified code of conduct for compliance audits in the global apparel sector to reduce cost.

“In the apparel industry, we have so many audits, which cost lots of money. We agreed in our board to hold a meeting probably in Europe next year with buyers, retailers, and apparel manufacturers. In general, I feel there are too many initiatives trying to improve our (apparel) business. We are working on combining these initiatives under one unified system.” – Han Bekke, President, IAF

The IAF President reportedly maintained the same while addressing a press meet after a meeting with Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) in Dhaka recently.

“A unified code of conduct for compliance audits is a longstanding demand of apparel makers. If it is done in the apparel sector, it would ensure compliance at a reasonable cost and within a short time. – Siddiqur Rahman, President, BGMEA

Rahman also underlined that BGMEA as a trade body of the apparel sector will work with the IAF and ITMF in this regard.

The IAF has already reportedly held discussions with the International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF) on this issue.