BGMEA urges ‘Kontoor Brands’ to raise sourcing of high-value items from Bangladesh

Published : 14 Sep 2023 08:30 PM

Faruque Hassan, President of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), has called upon leading clothing company Kontoor Brands to increase sourcing of garments from Bangladesh, especially high-value and non-cotton items.

Citing the vast progress in workplace safety, environmental sustainability, and workers’ wellbeing, he said the industry’s strides had strengthen the position of Bangladesh as a preferred destination for garment sourcing.  He made the call during a meeting with senior management representatives from Kontoor Brands, a prominent global apparel company having long-term business with Bangladeshi suppliers. Two iconic denim labels -- Lee and Wrangler -- are owned by Kontoor Brands.

Key executives from Kontoor Brands, including Ezio Garciamendez, Vice President, Chief Supply Chain Officer; Wesley Gibson, Vice President, Managing Director Sourcing; Heena Agrawal, Vice President Finance; and Gihan Palihena, Director Asia Product Supply – South Asia were present at the meeting held in Dhaka on September 13. They discussed issues of mutual interests, especially the prospects of strengthening the relationship between Kontoor Brands and the Bangladeshi garment industry.

During the meeting, Faruque Hassan presented an overview of the numerous initiatives undertaken by the Bangladesh’s garment industry to enhance its manufacturing capabilities, particularly in the production of high-end products, including manmade fiber and technical textile-based garments. 

He highlighted the industry's continuous efforts to promote sustainable fashion practices and encourage the adoption of a circular economy model.

One of the key points raised by BGMEA President Faruque Hassan was the importance of ethical pricing to foster sustainability within the RMG sector while ensuring the well-being of the workers.

The RMG industry of Bangladesh has made significant strides in ensuring the workplace safety, and sustainable manufacturing, said Faruque Hassan. 

"We invite international buyers, such as Kontoor Brands, to collaborate with us in this journey towards a more sustainable and responsible fashion industry."