The Conference on Sustainable Sourcing in the Garment Sector (SSGS) organized by the embassy of Netherlands in Dhaka in partnership with the International Apparel Federation (IAF) and the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has indentified knowledge as a key factor in creating more sustainable sourcing practices. Most importantly, for both management of buying firms and management of manufacturing firms, excessive knowledge of setting up collaborative sourcing arrangements is needed.
Where improvements in labour and environmental conditions require systemic changes, working on the foundations of the system through education is a good and proven strategy. Hence, IAF will lead the formation of a consortium involving major Bangladeshi and international partners to build and finance a training course aimed at buyers and manufacturers.
The course will give a unique opportunity to buyers and manufacturers to learn about collaborative sourcing together in a joint, collaborative training in Dhaka. This training will also serve as a pilot and a benchmark for similar training courses to be developed in other countries with an important apparel industry.