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Update on the Bangladesh Sustainability Compact

  • Date: 07/04/2016, 09:30 -11:30 (Registration closed)
  • Location: Jenkins room, Charlemagne Building, Rue de la Loi 170, Brussels
  • Registration closes on : 04/04/2016 12:00

Meeting details

  • Date: 07/04/2016, 09:30 -11:30 (registration closed)
  • Location: Jenkins room, Charlemagne Building, Rue de la Loi 170, Brussels
  • Registration closes on : 04/04/2016 12:00

In reaction to the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory in April 2013, the Government of Bangladesh, the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the European Union and the United States engaged in a joint initiative known as "Compact for Continuous Improvements in Labour Rights and Factory Safety in the Ready-Made Garment and Knitwear Industry in Bangladesh".

The government of Bangladesh hosted in Dhaka the second follow-up meeting on the Bangladesh Sustainability Compact on 28 January 2016. The EU, the US, the ILO and the Government of Bangladesh – joined at the meeting by Canada as a new partner to the Compact - assessed progress on the implementation of the Compact.

In particular, the Compact partners identified priority areas for further work to improve the situation of Bangladeshi textile workers. These areas are reflected in the Joint conclusions. The Compact partners also engaged in an open dialogue with stakeholders, including trade unions, NGOs, buyers and employers.

The purpose of this Civil Society Dialogue meeting is to debrief civil society on the 2nd follow-up meeting on the Bangladesh Compact and to exchange views on its outcome and the work ahead.
 

Lead participants

Ms Claire Courteille-Mulder, Director, International Labour Organisation (ILO) office in Brussels

Ms Sandra Gallina, Director for Sustainable Development; Economic Partnership Agreements – African Caribbean and Pacific; Agri-food and Fisheries, Directorate-General for Trade

Mr Tapan Kanti Ghosh, Minister (Commerce) & Head of Commerce Wing, Embassy of the People's Republic of Bangladesh in Belgium and Mission to the European Union

Mr Rudi Delarue, Deputy Head of Unit, International Issues, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion

Ms Irene Wintermayr, Policy and Programme Officer, International Labour Organisation (ILO) office in Brussels

Ms Lena Sund, Policy Officer, Trade and Human Rights; Trade and Labour, Directorate-General for Trade

Mr Andreas Julin, Policy Co-ordinator, Malaysia and South Asia, Directorate-General for Trade
 

Moderator

Mr Lutz Guellner, Head of the Information, Communication and Civil Society Unit, Directorate-General for Trade


AGENDA


1. Presentation on the Second Follow-up Meeting on the Bangladesh Sustainability Compact.

2. Open discussion with stakeholders.


Related documents

Press release "EU and its partners discuss further steps to ensure better future for Bangladeshi garment industry workers"

The Sustainability Compact Document

EU-Bangladesh trade relations

EU-Bangladesh political relations

We would be grateful if participants could arrive 15/20 minutes in advance. A reception desk will be set up at the entrance of the Charlemagne building, where you will receive a badge and gain access to the meeting room. Please bring the confirmation email received when registering for the meeting and an ID card.

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Organisations that have registered to participate in this meeting.

  • Ms Eleonora Catella, BUSINESSEUROPE
  • Mr. Fabian Fechner, Handelsverband Deutschland
  • Ms Tzonka Iotzova, European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)
  • Mr Alexander Johansen, Confederation of Danish Enterprise
  • Mr Ralph Kamphöner, EuroCommerce
  • Mr Benjamin Krieger, European Branded Clothing Alliance
  • Mrs Helene Lund, Landsorganisationen i Danmark
  • Mr Francesco MARCHI, EUROPEAN APPAREL AND TEXTILE CONFEDERATION
  • Ms Lucia Mendez del Rio, European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)
  • Ms. Titilayo Obiri, European Branded Clothing Alliance
  • Ms Signe Olsen, BUSINESSEUROPE
  • Mr Milan Pajic, Foreign Trade Association
  • Mr Harald Past, EuroCommerce
  • Mrs Oriane Pierres, Fair Trade Advocacy Office
  • Ms. Anisha Rajapakse, Foreign Trade Association
  • Ms Karin Ulmer, ACT Alliance Advocacy to the European Union
  • Mr Ben Vanpeperstraete, UNI Europa
  • Ms Ilka Wölfle, European Social Insurance Platform AISBL