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    Remove FTA filter FTA Remove BEPI filter BEPI ITP 78 Apply ITP filter BSCI 68 Apply BSCI filter news 05 02 2016 Global Risks 2016 Report Climate Change on the Spotlight The Global Risks Report 2016 an annual survey by the World Economic Forum has identified the failure of climate change mitigation and adaptation as the risk with the greatest potential impact read more news 22 12 2015 Read the latest BEPI Newsletter This issue brings to the readers attention some relevant environmental topics which have taken place in the past months and the latest updates on the development of the initiative read more news 22 12 2015 FTA Initiates Partnership on Chemical Management A partnership between FTA and the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals ZDHC has been initiated in order to provide extended support to FTA members on chemical management in their supply chains read more news 30 11 2015 Cleaner Production for Sustainable Supply Chains in China On 12 November 2015 FTA and Hong Kong Productivity Council HKPC jointly held a seminar to share the importance of environmental performance in supply chains and introduce the Cleaner Production Partnership Programme read more news 28 11 2015 FTA Co Hosts Biodiversity Protection and Sustainable Development Seminar in China On 17 November 2015 FTA and China WTO Tribune jointly held a seminar to further improve the decision makers awareness of biodiversity protection and enhance their practices in China read more news 10 11 2015 Successful Roll Out of BEPI Workshops in China On the 26 and 29 October 2015 BEPI organised two workshops in China Shanghai and Shenzhen FTA for members and their producers to introduce BEPI and explain the benefits of joining the initiative read more news 30 10 2015 Increased coordination key to boosting capacity building in Bangladesh On

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    Is BEPI Services Benefits BEPI Approach 11 Environmental Performance Areas One Implementation System BEPI Platform About Services Get Involved Network Mission Members Governance Board of Directors Our Team ITP Services Sustainable Supply Chains Become a Member Join Our Network FTA Foreign Trade Association Toggle navigation Menu Increased coordination key to boosting capacity building in Bangladesh On 12 October 2015 The Foreign Trade Association FTA held a stakeholder roundtable discussion in Dhaka Bangladesh under the title Capacity Building Blessing or Curse for the Bangladesh RMG and Leather Industry to analyse the status of capacity building activities in the country and discuss measures to improve its impact on these two key sectors for the country s economy The event was attended by over 20 representatives from the local government international organisations NGOs and European and Bangladeshi business sector Including the International Labour Organisation ILO Save the Children Unicef and Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association BGMEA among other participants the meeting set the scene by discussing the report Enhancing Trade through Capacity building Bangladesh s RMG and Leather industry by the CSR Center Participants agreed that capacity building is vital for the country s RMG and leather sectors as it is an investment for entrepreneurs on skilled workforce and supports the new generation to be well prepared to reach more productive roles In this sense attendees highlighted the role of the Center of Excellence for Bangladesh Apparel Industry CEBAI a project designed by the ILO to improve the sector s productivity through skills development However it was stressed that more coordination among all initiatives providing these services is needed in order to avoid duplication and that the content should not only cover technical knowledge but also educate workers about basic rights notably freedom of association as enabler of other labour rights Specific

    Original URL path: http://www.fta-eu.org/news/increased-coordination-key-boosting-capacity-building-bangladesh (2016-02-16)
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    System BSCI 2 0 Focus Areas Labour Issues Programmes FTA Academy BSCI Platform BEPI Business Environmental Performance Initiative About What We Do What Is BEPI Services Benefits BEPI Approach 11 Environmental Performance Areas One Implementation System BEPI Platform About Services Get Involved Network Mission Members Governance Board of Directors Our Team ITP Services Sustainable Supply Chains Become a Member Join Our Network FTA Foreign Trade Association Toggle navigation Menu FTA Focus Is Bangladesh a Success Case FTA is pleased to present FTA Focus Is Bangladesh a Success Case a new publication that highlights the extraordinary social and economic development experienced by Bangladesh in recent years and the challenges that the country needs to address to work toward a bright future Bangladesh is the second most important sourcing country for participants of FTA s Business Social Compliance Initiative BSCI The boom of the Ready Made Garment RMG industry coupled with increased globalisation and foreign investment have facilitated the country s growth in the past decades But for this progress to be sustainable the Bangladeshi government must tackle outstanding challenges the respect of human rights and protection of the environment among others FTA has been an active supporter of all initiatives created to assist the country in this endeavour and commends the work done by the International Labour Organisation ILO to promote policies that contribute to this goal FTA highly welcomes the agreement recently reached by the UN agency Germany and the Government of Bangladesh to collaborate in the development of an Employment Injury Insurance EII Scheme for Bangladesh Earlier this year we already stressed the importance of investing in a mechanism that protects workers and avoids having to set up exceptional measures for compensating victims In addition the recent project established by ILO and Sweden to promote social dialogue in the

    Original URL path: http://www.fta-eu.org/news/fta-focus-bangladesh-success-case (2016-02-16)
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    Implementation System BSCI 2 0 Focus Areas Labour Issues Programmes FTA Academy BSCI Platform BEPI Business Environmental Performance Initiative About What We Do What Is BEPI Services Benefits BEPI Approach 11 Environmental Performance Areas One Implementation System BEPI Platform About Services Get Involved Network Mission Members Governance Board of Directors Our Team ITP Services Sustainable Supply Chains Become a Member Join Our Network FTA Foreign Trade Association Toggle navigation Menu Minimum Wage in Myanmar Supports More Sustainable Labour Practices Myanmar s garment sector has experienced a significant growth in the last years becoming an alternative for companies to diversify their sourcing base from giant producers like China Bangladesh and India Even though it is still a minor sourcing country the interest of European retailers in strengthening trade ties is significant due to its business dynamism and many economic assets Despite this positive outlook Myanmar still needs to overcome many challenges related to labour and human rights violations and weak governance levels main reasons why BSCI still considers it a risk country and requests its participants to take robust due diligence measures and develop the necessary systems to prevent any adverse impacts in their supply chain Recently Myanmar has taken steps towards achieving concrete improvements the last of them being the establishment of a minimum wage The Myanmese government set the minimum pay set at 3 600 kyat 2 50 Euro approx for an eight hour work day applicable as of 1 September 2015 In support of these and wider reforms the European Union has recently joined the Initiative to Promote Fundamental Labour Rights and Practices in Myanmar launched in November 2014 by the International Labour Organisation ILO the Government of Myanmar the United States Japan and Denmark This project builds on similar previous experiences like the Sustainability Compact for Bangladesh

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    Platform BEPI Business Environmental Performance Initiative About What We Do What Is BEPI Services Benefits BEPI Approach 11 Environmental Performance Areas One Implementation System BEPI Platform About Services Get Involved Network Mission Members Governance Board of Directors Our Team ITP Services Sustainable Supply Chains Become a Member Join Our Network FTA Foreign Trade Association Toggle navigation Menu FTA Introduces its Sustainability Services to Spanish Businesses and Stakeholders On 22 September FTA together with the Spanish Confederation of Business Organisations CEOE held a meeting in Madrid attended by over 70 Spanish companies to provide an overview and updates on the work done by FTA and its initiatives the Business Social Compliance Initiative BSCI and the Business Environmental Performance Initiative BEPI in the field of sustainable supply chain management The meeting presented under the title BSCI Leading CSR in the Distribution Sector in Europe and Spain gathered representatives of the Spanish Government the International Organisation of Employers and the CSR committee at the CEOE among other speakers who pointed at the importance of sustainable supply chain management and the role that the Ruggie Principles for Business and Human Rights play in achieving this goal BSCI revised Code of Conduct draws on these and other important international labour standards protecting workers rights providing its participants the right tools to be better placed to face the sustainability challenges of the future Bernardo Cruza Chair of the BSCI Steering Committee and Representative of the Spanish department store El Corte Inglés elaborated on BSCI s approach oriented towards a continuous development and a close collaboration among all actors in the supply chain Christian Ewert FTA Director General and Darrell Doren BSCI Managing Director provided first hand information on the upgraded BSCI Code of Conduct and its implementation particularly in light of the newly established cooperation with

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    About Services Get Involved Network Mission Members Governance Board of Directors Our Team ITP Services Sustainable Supply Chains Become a Member Join Our Network FTA Foreign Trade Association Toggle navigation Menu FTA Contributes to EU Debate on Bangladesh s Sustainable Development Building on FTA s long term engagement in Bangladesh and the efforts of its members to improve the working conditions in the country s Ready Made Garment RMG sector FTA was invited to take part in a meeting at the European Parliament to exchange views on the progress made by the country and to assess the implementation of the Sustainability Compact This agreement launched in 2013 by the European Commission brings together the Government of Bangladesh the European Union EU and the International Labour Organisation ILO to improve labour rights working conditions and factory safety in the RMG industry in Bangladesh The session welcomed the expert views of Ben Vanpeperstraete Supply Chain Coordinator at Uni Global Union and IndustriALL Global Union Shafiul Islam President of the Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association BGMEA and Claire Courteille Director of the Office of the International Labour Organisation ILO in Brussels During its contribution FTA emphasised the engagement of companies and offered an overview of the actions taken to support concrete developments in Bangladesh Speakers highlighted the improvements achieved since the establishment of the Sustainability Compact such as registration of trade unions creation of a welfare fund for workers fulfillment of the Rana Plaza Compensation Fund and most importantly the final publishing of the implementation rules of the labour law adopted in 2013 However experts stressed that more needs to be done to fix ongoing problems and shortcomings The labor law still falls short in ensuring conformity with some ILO core conventions and violence against trade unions persists Debating the possibility of

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    Areas International Trade Policy Customs Procedures Legal Affairs Environmental Consumer Affairs Sustainable Supply Chains BSCI Business Social Compliance Initiative About What We do What Is BSCI Services Benefits BSCI Approach The BSCI Code of Conduct The Implementation System BSCI 2 0 Focus Areas Labour Issues Programmes FTA Academy BSCI Platform BEPI Business Environmental Performance Initiative About What We Do What Is BEPI Services Benefits BEPI Approach 11 Environmental Performance Areas One Implementation System BEPI Platform About Services Get Involved Network Mission Members Governance Board of Directors Our Team ITP Services Sustainable Supply Chains Become a Member Join Our Network FTA Foreign Trade Association Toggle navigation Menu FTA Goes Social FTA is pleased to announce its new presence on social media platforms to improve and increase its outreach Following the new FTA website which went live in July optimised for social media and content sharing FTA is now present on many popular online communication channels FTA will actively engage on Twitter to promote discussions on the latest trends in international trade and sustainable supply chains Through its LinkedIn profile and showcase pages dedicated to the Business Social Compliance Initiative BSCI and Business Environmental Performance Initiative BEPI you benefit from an extra

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    Trade Policy Our Work What We Do What Is ITP Services Focus Areas International Trade Policy Customs Procedures Legal Affairs Environmental Consumer Affairs Sustainable Supply Chains BSCI Business Social Compliance Initiative About What We do What Is BSCI Services Benefits BSCI Approach The BSCI Code of Conduct The Implementation System BSCI 2 0 Focus Areas Labour Issues Programmes FTA Academy BSCI Platform BEPI Business Environmental Performance Initiative About What We Do What Is BEPI Services Benefits BEPI Approach 11 Environmental Performance Areas One Implementation System BEPI Platform About Services Get Involved Network Mission Members Governance Board of Directors Our Team ITP Services Sustainable Supply Chains Become a Member Join Our Network FTA Foreign Trade Association Toggle navigation Menu Successful FTA Forum on E commerce unites FTA Members and Stakeholders in Brussels The FTA Forum on E Commerce was held on 11 June in Brussels gathering more than 70 participants including FTA members along with representatives from the European institutions companies think tanks and consumer representatives The afternoon was opened by leading European e commerce expert Jorij Abraham Director of Research and Advice E commerce Europe who presented e commerce trends and figures from a global perspective Participants engaged in panel

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