Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association has started its work to form a company named RMG Sustainability Council to carryout safety inspection and remediation in the readymade garment sector following the departure of European Union buyers and brands led initiative Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh.
The trade body has prepared a concept note on the initiative saying that to ensure self-monitoring in the area of workplace safety and to deal with the industrial relations, workers efficiency and welfare, as well as the environmental sustainability issues proactively, the BGMEA has taken the initiative to establish a private sector led multi-stakeholder sustainability platform named RSC.
The BGMEA sources said that the RSC would be registered as a special purpose company and the preparation of Memorandum of Association and Article of Association for the council remained under process.
The BGMEA would file application to the Office of the Registrar of Joint Stock Companies and Firms in the first half of August for the registration of RSC, said BGMEA insiders.
According to the concept note, the RSC would have representatives from the government, labour organisations, brands, BGMEA and BKMEA.
The council would be operated under the legal framework of the Bangladesh government and in close cooperation with the commerce ministry while collaborating with labour ministry and Department of Inspection for Factories and Establishments.
The RSC would take over the structure, operations and resources of Accord as it phases out from Bangladesh the brand-led initiative would not be able to continue its operations in Bangladesh after 281 working days from May 8 this year as per the verdict of the Supreme Court.
BGMEA president Rubana Huq told New Age that they have floated a proposal to the commerce minister Tipu Munshi to chair the RSC.
She said that there would be a 16-member board for RSC including four labour representatives, four brands and eight industry and government stakeholders.
Among the eight industries and government stakeholders, four would be founding directors from BGMEA and three representatives from commerce ministry, labour ministry and foreign ministry and one external board member would be nominated by the chair of the board, Rubana said.
She said all EU ambassadors were optimistic about RSC and the ILO was advising on how RSC could focus on transparency and how government should do its job and how there should be no overlap between RSC and RCC.
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