The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) and Unilever Bangladesh recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with an aim to improve the livelihoods of a million apparel workers through a number of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
BGMEA President Dr. Rubana Huq and Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Unilever Bangladesh signed the MoU at a hotel in capital Dhaka to roll out an initiative named Aastha (trust).
Four SDGs and six national performance indicators have been identified as the key focus areas of the partnership. The SDGs are: SDG 3 (ensure good health and promote well-being for all at all ages); SDG 6 (ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all); SDG 12 (ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns) and SDG 17 (strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development).
In addition, Unilever Bangladesh will make its products available inside factory premises at special prices exclusively for the workers.
Unilever Bangladesh also reportedly signed independent MoUs with garment factories (Newage Apparels, Fakir Fashion, AR Jeans Producer, Reza Fashions, Fakhruddin Textile Mills, Laila Styles, Dekko Accessories, Ecofab Ltd., Dekko Readywears, Dekko Garments, Dekko Globus Fashion, Agami Fashion, Esquire Knit Composite, Meghna Knit Composite, Sublime Greentex, Executive Hi-Fashion, Renaissance Apparels and Southern Garments Ltd.) to improve livelihoods of their workers through different initiatives.