Bangladesh is set on becoming the destination for sustainability in fashion.
On Nov. 5-6, leaders in apparel will gather for the 11th annual Bangladesh Denim Expo (BDE) and the second annual Sustainable Apparel Forum. Organized by Bangladesh Apparel Exchange (BAE) and Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), the event will host 100 exhibitors from 11 countries in International Convention City in Bashundhara, Dhaka.
This year’s theme for BDE is responsibility, which complements the sustainability forum running alongside it. Andrew Olah, as well as representatives from H&M, Tonello and Jeanologia, will speak in depth on the subject, and attendees will learn from product displays, presentations, seminar sessions and panel discussions.
The Sustainable Apparel Forum, taking place on the first day of the event, will host more than 50 speakers who will lead presentations on sustainability issues and best practices as they relate to human resources, transparency in business, water conservation, purchasing practices, sustainable chemical management, waste management, circular economy in textiles and climate change.
“The time for talking on sustainability issues is over. It is now time for action,” said Mostafiz Uddin, the event’s organizer. “That’s why the focus of this year’s show is on practical, pragmatic actions the textile industry can adopt to improve its environmental footprint.”
This is the first year BDE has set supply chain standards for its exhibitors. Earlier this month, the organizer announced it adopted corporate social responsibility (CSR), environmental and chemical usage standards that will require exhibitors to provide proof of compliance with industry standards. Kingpins initiated the protocol and encouraged other trade show organizers to implement the same standards.