The event on 6thNovember 2019 in Dhaka, Bangladesh was hosted by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). It has been organized in particular the regional program - Fostering and Advancing Sustainable Business and Responsible Industrial Practices in the Clothing Industry in Asia (FABRIC) and the Promotion of Social and Environmental Standards in the Industry (PSES) program in Bangladesh, in collaboration with the two producing associations Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) and Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA).
As the sustainability awareness in the global market is growing, more and more enterprises are using sustainability reporting as an important tool to report on their sustainability performance. Thus, the topic has recently gained a lot of interest and is also important to the regional producing associations, on the one hand in order to support their members in this regard, but also, to use it as a reporting tool at association level. After BGMEA and BKMEA with support from PSES and the Stakeholder-Reporting -Initiative have successfully started exploring this option, this Asian Dialogues Seminar has been organized in order to share the experiences with the other producing associations in the region, which are part of the STAR network.
The seminar has been an important learning opportunities for the participants, who, in the scope of the seminar, have been asked to define their focus topics on sustainable development and to conduct a self-assessment on the availability of Sustainability Information.
The seminar gave a general overview about sustainability reporting on how to identify and prioritize the important sustainability topics for association also on the availability of sustainability data. A regional example given by China National Textile and Apparel Council (CNTAC) who shared the Chinese experiences with the other associations. The one-day seminar was attended by 13 representatives from six associations from Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia, Bangladesh and China
As a follow-up, a regional knowledge product summarizing the main steps for sustainability reporting has been developed, which shall help the members of the STAR network in promoting the topic to their members in order to improve their sustainability performance.