Readymade Garments sector is the driving force and lifeline for the economy of Bangladesh. To engage the thriving industry into addressing social and environmental factors, BUFT Centre for CSR & Sustainability (BCCS) has been formed. This Centre of Excellence offers executive training, research and consultancy services in the field of CSR, SRHR, and sustainability to textile and RMG companies in Bangladesh and is a bridge with international brands. It is also intended to promote socio-economic development, environmental protection and innovative leadership in the RMG industry. BUFT Centre for CSR and Sustainability (BCCS) has come into existence through a Netherlands-supported project NICHE-BGD/199 and ultimately through the visionary leadership of Mr. Muzaffar U. Siddique, Founder Chairman, Board of Trustees, BUFT and Chief Petron, BCCS. Since the international demand for sustainable, circular and responsibly-produced garments is rising, the establishment of such a Centre is essential. BCCS can play a vital role in assisting buyers to find compliant suppliers which can provide transparency across the whole supply chain from fibre to RMG. The demand for new business models and new techniques creates an opportunity for BCCS to offer consultancy and master classes as well as research findings to its stakeholders across the globe.
BGMEA University of Fashion and Technology (BUFT) is a prime University of Bangladesh aimed to produce technically competent human resources for the RMG sector of the country. It was functioning from 1999 named as BGMEA Institute of Fashion & Technology (BIFT) with the affiliation of National University. The University was set up in March 2012. BUFT is offering 4-year B.Sc. courses in Apparel Manufacture & Technology, Knitwear Manufacture & Technology, Fashion Design & Technology, Textile Engineering, Textile Engineering and Management, Bachelor of Business Administration and English. It also offers 2-year MBA in Apparel Merchandising, 2-year M.Sc. in Fashion Design and Textile Engineering along with 1-year Diplomas, 6-month certificate courses & 3 & 4- month short courses. The aim of BUFT is to develop the university as an international standard institute of Apparel, Fashion Design, Apparel Merchandising, Textile Technology, Business, Architecture, Engineering and other allied areas.
BUFT & BCCS:
BUFT is aiming at building professional human resources for the RMG sector of Bangladesh, and the BCCS aiming at promoting CSR, SRHR & sustainability practices in the same industry. So, BCCS is a unique CSR and Sustainability Centre with identical entity under BUFT. A pool of CSR trained faculty members of BUFT is working with BCCS. They are conducting CSR foundation courses at BUFT and also doing field researches to identify the present CSR & sustainability practices & to determine further initiatives for improvement. With the support of BUFT, BCCS is offering nicely designed training programs & certificate course related to CSR, SRHR & sustainability to the Mid-level and top-level personnel of Textile & Apparel industry of Bangladesh an also doing consultation for the foreign buyers. So BCCS under the umbrella of BUFT is trying to introduce and implement CSR, SRHR & sustainability practices so that the labor intensive RMG industry becomes greener & sustainable for the people, planet & profit.