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MADE-BY supports the Bangladesh Water PaCT: Partnership for Cleaner Textile

Bangladesh’s textile and garment industry is a key sector for the economic growth of Bangladesh, accounting for nearly 80% of export earnings. The strong growth of the sector however also comes at a cost. The 1,700 textile wet processing units washing, dyeing and finishing fabric and garments are, after tanneries, the country’s second largest polluter.

To improve the social and environmental impacts related to textile wet processing in Bangladesh, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group and our founder organisation, Solidaridad, have developed a holistic programme called the Bangladesh Water PaCT: Partnership for Cleaner Textile. MADE-BY is part of the PaCT implementation team.

PaCT is sponsored by the Dutch Embassy and eight international apparel brands, including H&M, G-Star and C&A. The programme is implemented by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) with support from Solidaridad. Solidaridad has partnered with MADE-BY to implement ‘Component 1: Buyer Engagement’ of the PaCT programme.

The PaCT partners share a commitment to bring about systemic, positive environmental change for the Bangladesh textile wet processing sector, its workers and surrounding communities contributing to the sector’s long-term competitiveness. To this end, the PaCT partners are collaborating to develop harmonised resource-efficient procurement requirements, build factory capacity, provide technical knowledge and access to finance for factory improvement projects. An additional focus of the programme is to create a platform for community and national dialogue on sustainable use of water in the textile sector.
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The PaCT programme will run from 2013 to 2016; its overarching objective is to reduce environmental and related social impacts of textile wet processing, particularly excessive groundwater extraction, surface water pollution and chemical and energy use. To support the programme’s kick off, in 2013, MADE-BY contributed to developing training materials for local brand representatives in Bangladesh. This initial training introduced the key sustainability issues of the industry, setting the context for an introduction to the PaCT programme. MADE-BY also provided input into the initial scoping of a Decision Support Guidance tool, which will support brands and retailers to make informed choices regarding sustainable wet processing, from the design stage onward.

Moving forward, MADE-BY will support Solidaridad to deliver a series of brand-facing workshops to educate European and Bangladesh-based corporate social responsibility, product development / design and buying / sourcing teams on sustainable wet processing. These trainings and tools will empower individuals to make informed decisions regarding their wet processing needs, leading to greater sustainability for the brand, the brand’s supply chain partners and the Bangladesh fashion industry as a whole.

The 1,700 textile wet processing units washing, dyeing and finishing fabric and garments are, after tanneries, the country’s second largest polluter.