Over 25 participants took part in an introductory workshop and Chemical Management masterclass marking the launch of BEPI in Bangladesh on 12 April.
Representatives, mainly from the textiles sector, were welcomed with a full introduction from Stuart Harker, BEPI Managing Director, on how to implement BEPI within their businesses before Reed Consulting , recognised BEPI consultants for Bangladesh, offered a practical presentation on the benefits of on-site improvement activities.
Philip Proctor, Reed Consulting Managing Director and Director of Engineering, said:‘We feel that the BEPI approach to drive improvements is both innovative and based on sound principles. Practitioners will gain confidence as they step through the process of self-assessment, implementation and assessment. The modular approach breaks down the daunting task of an EMS (Environmental Management System) into achievable measureable steps’.
Participants at the launch were also treated to a Chemical Management masterclass delivered by representatives from Intertek, a recognised BEPI assessor. Insights into best practice were shared and producers came together to understand how BEPI can help boost environmental performance and communication on crucial issues.
Further to the workshop a networking lunch with environmental stakeholders was hosted with the Ministry of Industries and Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers & Exporters Association (BKMEA), as well as suppliers, legal and insurance representatives.
‘This workshop demonstrated the benefits of bringing together producers and technical experts to discuss the practical implementation of BEPI. Bangladesh remains an important sourcing country and so it’s great that BEPI is now available for producers here’, said Stuart Harker.
BEPI currently has over 90 participants and has just announced a partnership with Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC), an initiative to improve chemical management within supply chains. The soon-to-be launched Supply Chain Chemical Management module will also provide a practical response to increasing regulatory and media pressures surrounding environmental issues.