Environmental and social standards in Bangladesh

Introduction of practice-oriented training structures and optimized Management processes in the leather industry in Bangladesh

About This Project

Bangladesh is becoming increasingly important as a sourcing market for leather goods. With an average export volume growth of 15% in the last 11 years, the industry employs more than 850,000 people. This development must be secured in a sustainable way, as compliance to international standards is crucial.

Within the project, a local consultancy conducted a Status Quo Analysis regarding resource efficiency (water, energy, chemicals) at the footwear manufacturer and a tannery supplier and compiled improvement measures in a Corrective Action Plan (CAP). Another international consultancy provided workshops on social compliance standards, production and quality management. A total of 1223 workers have received training through more than 30 workshops. Additionally, personnel was trained who can monitor the performance in the future and ensure a continuous and long-lasting improvement. Overall, the improvement measures have achieved savings of 18% of groundwater, 11% of heat and 8.5% of Co2.

To embed latest industry know-how in Bangladesh, the consultancies provided workshops for students and lecturers of the „Institute of Leather Engineering and Technology“ , 7 representatives of the „Leathergoods & Footwear Manufacturers & Exporters Association of Bangladesh“ (LFMEAB) and 27 members. 20 students conducted an internship and assisted in developing handbooks on the above mentioned topics, which are available for workers and management.

PROJECT AIM

  • Improved environmental, quality and social standards through training and on-site coaching at a footwear manufacturer and a tannery
  • Training for 1223 workers
  • Knowledge sharing sessions for students, lecturers and 118 association members

Company

Status

FINISHED

Location

Bangladesh

Duration

2 years

Date
Category
Leather & Shoes
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