"Is this practice helpful at all for a sustainable partnership [between suppliers and buyers] or a sustainable RMG industry?" he asked participants at a forum held in Dhaka on Tuesday, and attended by representatives of global apparel brands and campaigners of fair trade.
"Just awareness has not improved fair purchasing practices, and suppliers, as a result, are being subjected to the worst circumstances. Besides, some purchasing practices could be considered illegal. Therefore, we are looking forward to a legislative solution to this issue," said Fiona Gooch, senior policy adviser to Traidcraft Exchange, a UK-based fair trade movement pioneer.
Bangladesh has the highest number of green factories (around 100) in the world certified by LEED - a globally recognised symbol of sustainability achievement. Besides, seven factories of the country have made it to the list of top 10 best factories in the world.