Advancing sustainable sourcing through the promotion of multi-stakeholder cooperation and presenting best practices.
On 29 September 2016, the conference on Sustainable Sourcing in the Garment Sector (SSGS) took place in Dhaka, Bangladesh. SSGS convened 380 high-profile participants from over 190 organizations, to discuss sustainable versus unsustainable sourcing and showcase new sourcing practices that would be beneficial to all stakeholders in the garment value chain. Amongst the representatives were officials from the Government of Bangladesh and the Netherlands, Corps Diplomatique, NGO’s, International Organizations, academics, international buyers, and brands, as well as suppliers. The Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Lilianne Ploumen, was present for a keynote speech.
SSGS emphasized the need to advance a common understanding of sustainable sourcing practices in the garment sector, through promoting multi-stakeholder cooperation and presenting best practices. The conference was intended as a follow-up to the Asian Living Wage Conference (ALWC), which was organized by the governments of the Netherlands, Germany, and Pakistan in May 2016. Whilst ALWC specifically addressed the possibilities of realizing living wages through social dialogue, SSGS emphasized the need to develop a better understanding of sustainable sourcing practices involving both buyers and suppliers, and other stakeholders in the garment value chain. To read the full report, please go to Resources.
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