Promotion of Social and Environmental Standards in the Industry PSES III

GIZ, 2017 - 2020
Contract value: 1,210,621 EUR

GIZ’s PSES program supports the Ready Made Garment (RMG) and leather sectors in Bangladesh in their sustainable economic growth, in compliance with relevant international social and environmental standards. The Strategy Project of the PSES program contributes to strategy development for industry-wide sustainability reporting.

Scope of the Strategy Project of PSES
The Strategy Project cooperates with the five major business associations in the RMG (BGMEA and BKMEA) and the leather (LFMEAB, BTA and BFLLFEA) sector. All five associations are supported through training and coaching in sustainability reporting practices that are aligned with the international GRI standards. Upon demand by the individual business associations, the project also supports the development of roadmaps for sustainable economic growth, and subsequently facilitated the facilitation of its roll-out. The project composes three subsequent phases. The inception phase was completed by September 2018. During the one-year development phase till September 2019, the project will focus on capacity building for sustainability reporting and roadmap design. The roll-out phase till June 2020 will support industry-wide sustainability reporting as well as at company level.

Institutional context
The PSES program is part of GIZ’s larger textile cluster. It supports a structural change towards a modern industry, which, through its sustainable economy, enables a long-term general prosperity gain, the safeguarding of jobs and the protection of natural resources.  As a partner to business, government and civil society, GIZs textile cluster contributes to strengthening the systemic competitiveness of Bangladeshs RMG and leather industry in its sustainable economic, social and environmental dimensions. The PSES program cooperates with the Government of Bangladesh (through the Ministry of Commerce), the private sector and civil society actors, using their strengthened capacities as the basis for pursuing a course of sustainable economic growth. Key stakeholders for the Strategy Project are, additional to the five business associations, the Ministry of Industries (for the leather sector), relevant donor and development partners, universities and research institutes, national and international standards and accreditation organisations, and training and capacity building organisations.

BGMEA - Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association
BKMEA - Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers & Exporters Association
LFMEAB - Leathergoods & Footwear Manufacturers & Exporters Association of Bangladesh
BTA - Bangladesh Tanners Association
BFLLFEA - Bangladesh Finished Leather, Leather Goods and Footwear Exporters Association




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