Islamabad, November 19, 2014 (PPI-OT): A consultative meeting under the chairpersonship of secretary MINTEX was held to finalize the names of major international buying chains as well as focal persons from Pakistani side to attend the buyers’ conference. Buyers’ forum is a joint effort from all stakeholders with the sole aim of strengthening GSP plus compliance for sustainable textile industry.
The GSP-Plus is conditional to ratification and compliance to 27 international standards and covenants on labour, human and women rights, environment, narcotics and corruption. These 27 standards comprise eight ILO core labour conventions, six UN conventions on human rights, and gender and racial discrimination, nine UN protocols on environment and four UN conventions on narcotics and corruption. So, there is a strong consensus that compliance with environmental, labour and health and safety standards is critical to maintain GSP plus status as well as for enhanced business productivity and sustainability.
In order to meet these requirements, MINTEX has devised an integrated approach involving government, workers’ and employers’ organizations as well as international buyers. The Netherlands Embassy, International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) in collaboration with Government of Pakistan are convening this Buyers ‘Forum in mid December.
Buyers’ Forum would facilitate and promote a dialogue platform between buyers and manufacturers to discuss sustainable practices and improved compliance and reporting on environmental, labour and health and safety standards and their implementation in the textile sector in Pakistan. Regional models like ‘ALLIANCE” for Bangladesh workers safety and IFC Bangladesh Buyers Forum may serve as an example. Buyers’ forum would focus on brand compliance monitoring system, brand collaboration, engagement and replication.
The purpose of this forum is to bring together all the stakeholders so that they come up with a concrete mechanism that may guarantee raised standards and compliance. In view of these developments, a series of efforts has already been initiated for strengthening compliance with international labour standards. Treaty Implementation Cell and Human Rights Directorate are already working to ensure compliance and effective implementation of these laws.
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