GIZ Chemical Environmental Management for Competitiveness Program to raise chemical management industry standards for textile mills in Bangladesh.
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, a German federal agency that promotes sustainable development around the world, and Huntsman Textile Effects, a leading global provider of high-quality dyes and textiles chemicals, are cooperating to raise chemical management industry standards for textile mills in Bangladesh. Their cooperation was formalized in June with the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Huntsman Textile Effects and Promotion of Social and Environmental Standards (PSES), a textile industry initiative jointly developed by the governments of Bangladesh and Germany, and implemented by GIZ.
They have developed the GIZ Chemical Environmental Management for Competitiveness Program, offering local mills managerial and technical training, audit and consultancy services and implementation support from local and international environmental management system experts from GIZ and Huntsman Textile Effects.
The two partners will work closely with the textiles sector to support the development of industry-wide chemical management best practices in Bangladesh and accelerate the adoption of these practices, with the ultimate goal of supporting the industry’s environmental and economic sustainability.
The cooperation with GIZ is part of Huntsman Textile Effects’ commitment to the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals program. This global initiative of 18 leading apparel and footwear brands and retailers intends to eliminate hazardous chemicals from textile production by 2020.