Sustainable Models for Bangladesh Apparel Industry - Conference at Harvard University

The organizing committee of the annual Bangladesh Development Conference at Harvard University has the pleasure to invite you to participate at the International Conference on “Sustainable Models for Bangladesh’s Garment Industry” on August 27th, 2016 at Harvard University. The day-long event is being organized jointly by International Sustainable Development Institute (ISDI) in association with Harvard University Faculty of Science and Arts and Bangladeshi researchers and academics at Harvard University.

At this year’s conference we will focus on exploring the ways to build a 'Sustainable Models for the Apparel Industry' that is competitive and benefits its workers and stakeholders. The apparel manufacturing industry and distribution channel has seen dramatic changes in recent years. Consumers want fashionable clothing at affordable prices. With this new market trend and consumer preferences, the conference participants will discuss strategic approaches for major transformations of the industry in order to increase cost effectiveness. In order for Bangladesh to compete with countries such as China, Vietnam, India, Pakistan, Indonesia and East African nations it is necessary to be equally cost-efficient.  

At this year’s conference we will focus on exploring the ways to build a 'Sustainable Models for the Apparel Industry' that is competitive and benefits its workers and stakeholders. The apparel manufacturing industry and distribution channel has seen dramatic changes in recent years. Consumers want fashionable clothing at affordable prices. With this new market trend and consumer preferences, the conference participants will discuss strategic approaches for major transformations of the industry in order to increase cost effectiveness. In order for Bangladesh to compete with countries such as China, Vietnam, India, Pakistan, Indonesia and East African nations it is necessary to be equally cost-efficient.  

 

The organizing committee requests for submission of papers and presentations.

 

Dr. Mashiur Rahman

Dr. Mashiur Rahman

Economic Adviser to Prime Minister
Government of Bangladesh

Mark Messura

Mark Messura

SVP - Global Supply Chain
Cotton Inc.

Mark Anner

Mark Anner

Professor of Labor and Employment Relations
Pennsylvania State University

Showkat Aziz Russell

Showkat Aziz Russell

Chairman and Managing director
Amber Denim

Angela Chan

Angela Chan

SVP and Chief Sourcing Officer
Destination XL Group

Michael W. Toffel

Michael W. Toffel

Professor of Business Administration
Harvard Business School

Inamul Haq Khan

Inamul Haq Khan

Director - BGMEA
BGMEA

Matthew Amengual

Matthew Amengual

Professor in Work and Organization Studies
MIT

John Trumpbour

John Trumpbour

Research Director of the Labor & Worklife Program
Harvard Law School

Tim Ryan

Tim Ryan

Asia Regional Program Director
Solidarity Center

Sandra Rahman

Sandra Rahman

Professor of Business
Framingham State University

Edward Hertzman

Edward Hertzman

Supply Chain Consultant
Sourcing Journal

Robert Ross

Robert Ross

Professor of Sociology
Clark University

Bastiaan Mohrmann

Bastiaan Mohrmann

Co-Head Asia - 2030 Water Resources Group
IFC - International Finance Corporation

Tanja Gonggrijp

Tanja Gonggrijp

The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands

Doug Cahn

Doug Cahn

Co-founder - Better Buying
Principal of The Cahn Group, LLC

Yevgeniya Savchenko

Yevgeniya Savchenko

Economist - World Bank
World Bank

Debbie Coulter

Debbie Coulter

Head of Programmes
Ethical Trading Initiative

Drusilla Brown

Drusilla Brown

Director International Relations Program
Tufts University

Jahangir Sultan

Jahangir Sultan

Professor of Finance
Bentley University

Nurul Aman

Nurul Aman

Professor of Economics
UMB

Antonio Parenti

Antonio Parenti

Head of Trade and Development
European Union Delegation at UN

Liana Foxvog

Liana Foxvog

Director of Organizing and Communications
International Labor Rights Forum

Scott Nova

Scott Nova

Witness Signatory Accord Bangladesh
Worker Rights Consortium

Current Topics:

  • Are factory safety and compliance in tension with competitiveness? 

  • Emerging discussion on the need for fair and sustainable prices.

  • Textile and apparel trade policy: opportunities and challenges for Bangladesh. The issues with TPP and GSP

  • Exploring the best practices for social responsibility in the Bangladesh garment industry

  • Supply chain compliance and the need for fair price strategy and shared responsibility

  • Trade policy, workers’ rights and working condition – Opportunities and Challenges

  • Environmental Sustainability Development Strategy: A Necessity, Not an Option

Please register here to participate at the International Conference on “Sustainable Models for Bangladesh’s Garment Industry” at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. 


Register for the events

Your registration request has been sent successfully. Please check your email for details information

Directions From Logan Airport

If you are flying into Boston's Logan Airport, use the subway or take a taxi from the airport to Harvard Square, Cambridge.

 

By Taxi

Taking a taxi is a convenient way to get from Logan Airport to the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The ride takes about 20 minutes and the fare is approximately $30-$40. Ask the driver to take you to the The Harvard South Asia Institute, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138.

 

By Subway

Go to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) website for a subway map and schedule.

Take the Silver Line (MBTA bus/subway) inbound to South Station. The Silver Line has a stop located outside of all terminals.

At South Station, get on the Red Line northbound toward Alewife Station. Take this train to the Harvard Square station.

Sustainable Models for Bangladesh Apparel Industry - Conference at Harvard University

Sustainable Models for Bangladesh Apparel Industry - Conference at Harvard University

Contact: Mohammed Iqbal Yousuf
Conference Coordinator
International Sustainable Development Institute 
mohammed_yousuf@dfci.harvard.edu

  • Government and NGOs of Bangladesh
  • USA and development partner countries
  • International academics and experts
  • BGMEA
  • BTMA
  • International Brands and Retailers
  • Workers rights groups
  • Labor organizations
  • United Nations Agencies
  • International Financial Institutes

Start Date: 24th September, 2016 (09:00:00am)
End Date: 24th September, 2016 (06:00:00pm)
Harvard Law School, Wasserstein Hall, 1585 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138
International Sustainable Development Institute (ISDI)

The conference will focus on exploring the ways to build a 'Sustainable Business Model for the Apparel Industry' that is competitive and benefits its workers and stakeholders. With the new market trend and consumer preferences, the conference participants will discuss strategic approaches for major transformations of the industry in order to increase cost effectiveness.

 

Participants will include NGO representatives and practitioners, high level policy makers and government officials from Bangladesh, Europe, and the USA; Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), BKMEA, BTMA, international clothing brands and retailers, workers’ rights groups, international labor organizations, United Nations agencies, and international financial institutions.

Harvard Law School

All Events

    Contact Us

  • Contact Us
  • Boston, United States
  • info@isdiworld.com
  • 617.416.9036
  • Isdi

About ISDI

International Sustainable Development Institute (ISDI) is a Boston, United States based non profit research organization exploring the inter-relationship among Trade, Technology, Environment, Climate Change, Infrastructure, and Global Sustainable Development with a focus on South Asia.


Read more

Events Gallery

    News Headlines