The World Economic Forum (WEF) has identified in the 2016 Global Risks Report that water crises rank among the top three impactful risks of climate change. These impacts are intricately connected to the growth of the textile sector, and the global economy as a whole, as the sector depends heavily on water and energy as resources.
PaCT strongly believes that addressing the adverse impacts of future water crises requires an innovative approach, in which the implementation of Cleaner Production (CP) measures is scaled up in textile factories within and beyond Bangladesh. PaCT program results already demonstrate that by implementing CP measures, partner factories in Bangladesh have successfully reduced water use by up to 27%.
In this effort, PaCT has embarked upon a ground-breaking partnership with Levi Strauss & Co (LS&Co), one of the world’s leading jeans-wear manufacturers, to develop a global program aimed at ensuring environmental sustainability. Combining the strengths of these two key players-Levi’s global leadership in promoting suppliers’ environmental and social compliance, and PaCT’s achievements in driving environmentally-sustainable practices in the Bangladesh textile sector, the new partnership leverages PaCT’s extensive experience in successfully implementing Cleaner Production measures in more than 160 textile factories in Bangladesh.
Initially, a pilot is planned in six facilities in four major LS&Co supplier countries including Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam. This entails conducting Cleaner Production Assessments (CPA) and establishing PaCT Advantage, a purpose-built web based diagnostic process to develop a road map towards continuous improvement for the suppliers. Progress of the factories will be regularly monitored online through the state-of-the-art PaCT Portal.
The benefits of the Cleaner Production interventions not only result in resource and monetary savings for the supplier factories, but enable them to perform continuously with improved efficiency and sustainability.PaCT Portal
IFC appoints Nishat Shahid Chowdhury as the Program Manager for Bangladesh Partnership for Cleaner Textiles (PaCT) on August 1, 2017.
She joined IFC as Deputy Program Manager of PaCT, on November 2012. In the last 5 years Nishat led PaCT’s association with 200 factory outreach components and was responsible for providing cleaner production advisory services to textile clients.
Nishat has 15 years of experience in designing and implementing projects aiming to improve standards and environmental sustainability. Prior to joining IFC, she was the Senior Environmental Advisor at GIZ for improving Eco-efficiency and Environmental Standards of textile and RMG factories. She made significant contribution to promoting Cleaner Production concept in textile and RMG factories, and improving enforcement capacity of the Department of Environment of Bangladesh, started as an Environment Specialist of a USAID funded project.
Previous experiences also include working on European Commission and CIDA funded projects focused on pollution management and verification of arsenic mitigation technologies.
Nishat is a certified lead EMS Auditor (ISO 14001:2004) with extensive experience in auditing textile, pharmaceutical, battery, ship recycling, fish processing and plastic industries. She is also a Commonwealth Scholar with a Research Master’s degree focusing on petroleum pollution from University of Aberdeen, Scotland.
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