Five RMG factories under the JETI Green Social Dialogue Programme celebrated the World Environment Day 2023. The celebration aimed to raise awareness of the importance of environmental conservation and foster a sense of responsibility among the RMG workforce towards the planet. ETI Bangladesh, in partnership with ETI Norway provided technical and advisory support to organize this event.
The celebrations included BCC message dissemination and reached 10,510 RMG workforce (5249 were female).
World Environment Day, celebrated annually on June 5th, serves as a global platform to promote awareness and undertake collective actions for addressing environmental challenges. The theme of this year, #BeatPlasticPollution, highlighted the urgent need to combat the harmful effects of plastic pollution.
In these five factories, the day started with a discussion between the management, worker representatives and ETI Bangladesh representatives. Addressing the total workforce of factories, the senior management read a message over the PA system. They explained the significance of World Environment Day and urged everyone to take care of the environment. They also focused on how workers can play a vital role in reducing the impact on climate change.
The event also included rallies attended by all levels of staff members, quiz competition among workers on environment and climate-change related issues, and tree plantation in the factory premises.
To educate and remind employees about environmental issues, informative message boards were designed, distributed, and displayed in the common areas of the respective factories.
The joint efforts of the five factories under the Green Social Dialogue programme demonstrated their dedication to sustainability and raised awareness of the importance of protecting the environment. By involving the workforce and fostering a sense of ownership, the World Environment Day celebrations laid the foundation for ongoing environmental initiatives within the factories and inspired others to follow their lead. Overall, this was a very positive effort to encourage sustainable practices, contributing towards a greener future.