Shobola Project Multi Stakeholder Forum
July 10, 2019-Hotel Lakeshore, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Time -10:30 am- 03:30 pm
Table of Content
Topic Speaker Page
Introduction of All Attendees Saiful Millat
amfori Network Representative - Bangladesh
Global Perspective &
Guidelines from UNGP, ILO &
Manager- Stakeholder Engagement, amfori Brussels
Empowerment activities in
amfori Director - Asia Pacific
Introduction to Shobola
Project and Presenting
Baseline Survey Report
Shobola Project Coordinator, CSR Centre
Theme: ‘Shobola’ is an initiative to empower women in RMG sector, how can we serve the
Setting the Scene for the Panel Discussion
CEO, CSR Centre
Engagement of the Government of Bangladesh
Dr. Abul Hossain
Project Director, Multi-Sectoral Programme on Violence Against Women, Ministry of Women and Children
RMG Perspectives - Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association
Senior Vice President, BGMEA & Managing Director, Surma Garments Ltd
Understanding of Women’s Empowrmnt from Brands’s Perspective
Manager-Compliance,Tom Tailor Sourcing
Business Case Study Sharing by Producer
Mashook Mujib Chowdhury,
Senior Manager, DBL Group
Inspiring Journey of Female Supervisor
Production Supervisor,DBL Group
Shobola Project Attendees List- Multi Stakeholder Forum:
1. AKM Naziullah,Manager - Responsible Sourcing,Wal-Mart Global Sourcing.
2. Atiqur Rahman, Mango.
3. Bijoya Debanath, Manager Compliance, Mawna Fashions Ltd, DBL Group.
4. Dr. Abul Hossain, Project director, Ministry of Women & Children’s Affairs (MOWCA).
5. Esrat Jahan Ela, Education & Training Secretary, NGWF.
6. Faisal Samad, Senior Vice President, BGMEA.
7. Humayra Tasnim, Responsible Sourcing Factory Specialist, Woolworths Group.
8. Israt Jahan, Compliance Manager, Celio Sourcing Ltd.
9. Khandaker Imrul Azad, GM-HR & Compliance, Sparrow Apparels Ltd.
10. Kohinoor Mahmood, Director, BILS.
11. Kazy Mohammad Iqbal Hossain, South Asia Sustainability Manager, AB Lindex.
12. Kazi Gulshan Ara, Coordinator Law Officer, Karmojibi Nari.
13. Kamrul Hossain Shuvo, HER Finance Coordinator, BSR.
14. Koyela Sharmin, Enterprise Advisor, Better Work-ILO.
15. Lucky Akter, Producton Supervisor, DBL Group.
16. Rabeya Khatun, Production Supervisor, DBL Group.
17. Mubarra Morshed, GIZ International Services, Branch In Charge, German Development
18. Masud Rana, CSR & Administrative Specialist, Gina Tricot AB.
19. Md. Musharraf Hussain, Senior Manager (HR & Compliance), Regent Textile Mills Ltimited.
20. Md. Rafiqul Alam, Deputy Manager, Sustainability, DBL Group.
21. Md. Rezaur Rahman, Head of Social Compliance, DVC Limited, Liaison office for DISTRA
Warenhandelsgesellschaft mbH& Co. KG.
22. Mahfuz Ul Bashar, Compliance Officer Crony Tex Sourcing Ltd.
23. Imran Talukder, Sr. Manager (HR & Compliance), Globus Garments Ltd.
24. Mohammad Rukanuzzaman, Manager-Compliance, Tom Tailor Sourcing.
25. Mohammad Mashiur Rahman, CR Coordinator, ICA Global Sourcing Limited.
26. Mosabber Hossain, Coordinator, Bangladesh Nari Progoti Songstha (BNPS).
27. Nahid Rubada, Managing Director, Reliance Resources Ltd.
28. Nabeera Rahman, GEAR Lead, Internationa Finance Corporation (IFC).
29. Rubel Rana, Manager, Supplier Quality & Responsible Sourcing, Woolworths Group.
30. Sultan Mahmud Sohal, Regional Head of Sustainability Asia, Deltex Gmbh.
31. Sayma Symon Hia, Priogramme Officer, MSPVAW, MOWCA.
32. Sanjida Rahman, Private Sector, Engagement Adviros, SNV Netherlands Development
33. Sirajul Islam Rony, President, Bangladesh National Garments Workers’ Employees League
34. Sujon Ali, Asst. Manager, HRM, Toshrifa Industries Ltd.
35. S.M.Kamruzzaman Fahim, Research Officer, BILS.
36. Sifat-E-Nur Khanam, Staff Lawyer, Bangladesh Legal Aid and Service Trust (BLAST).
37. Taslima Akter Piu, Executive HR, Crony Tex Sourcing Ltd.
38. Tanvir Ahmed, El Corte Ingles, Head of Compliance.
39. Uzzal Das, Head of Compliance, KDS IDR Ltd.
Representatives from amfori :
40.Guggi Laryea, Senior Manager, Stakeholder Engagement, amfori Brussels
41.Joyece Chau, Director-Asia Pacific, amfori
42.Saiful Millat, Network Representative, amfori Bangladesh
43.Saiham Ibn Rafi Chowdhury, Capacity Building Coordinator, amfori Bangladesh
Representative from DBL Group:
44.Mashook Mujib Chowdhury, Senior Manager, DBL Group
Representatives from CSR Centre:
45.Shahamin S. Zaman, CEO, CSR Centre
46.Nujhat Sohani, Shobola Project Coordinator, CSR Centre
47.Zarin Tasnim, Programme Officer, CSR Centre
48.Nowrin Nehon, Training Officer, CSR Centre
Total number of attendees at the Shobola Project Multi Stakeholder Forum : 48
Session 1: Shobola Project Multi
Introduction to all attendees:
Mr. Saiful Millat, Network
Representative, amfori Bangladesh,
began the session with his welcoming
speech and moderated the morning
session of Shobola Project Multi
Stakeholder Forum. He mentioned
that it was a special day for those who
participated in the Shobola Project,
sponsored it and supported it. He
emphasized that with everyone’s
cooperation the Project had come a
long way in implementing its next
phase of activities.
Mr.Millat invited Mr. Guggi Laryea – Senior Manager, Stakeholder Engagement, amfori
Brussels and Ms. Joyece Chau - Director-Asia Pacific, amfori Hongkong to take the floor.
He introduced the implementing partner CSR Centre and the knowledge partner DBL
Group to the audience. After a brief introduction to the participants of the Forum, he
invited Mr. Laryea to address the audience.
Global Perspective & Guidelines from UNGP, ILO
Mr. Guggi Laryea, Manager-Stakeholder Engagement,
amfori Brussels, started his speech by thanking all the
participants, representatives from amfori, CSR Centre and
DBL Group. He also expressed his pleasure in participating
in such a timely event.
Saiful Millat, Network Representative,
Guggi Laryea, Manager-Stakeholder
Engagement, amfori Brussels
He shared a global overview of amfori mentioning that formerly it was named Foreign Trade
Association (FTA), which was established in 1977, with a handful of companies of European
business. In 2003, FTA created Business Social Compliance Initiates (BSCI), which is popularly
known as amfori BSCI. amfori BSCI provides companies with both practical and efficient systems
to improve social compliances within their global supply chains. In 2014, amfori developed
Business Environmental Performance Initiative (BEPI) that supports companies to be committed
to improve environmental performances in their supply chains.
Mr. Laryea said that Bangladesh is among the top three sourcing countries of amfori for
sustainable business practices. Bangladesh has achieved immense development in its supply
chains. He mentioned that amfori has established a network office in Bangladesh which shows
the greater commitment to ascertain long-term relationships with its Bangladeshi suppliers.
He also mentioned that women are facing different types of discrimination worldwide. They
participate less in decision-making processes because of traditional barriers. Women represent
the major portion in the global labour force in RMG industries. amfori launched the women
empowerment program to create enabling work environment for women to drive long-term
socio-economic contribution. The women empowerment programmes of amfori are directly
linked with SDG 5 (Gender Equality), SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), SDG 10
(Reduced Inequalities). He mentioned that amfori is organizing special workshops and events to
create greater opportunities for women through gender focus. He mentioned that a finding of a
recent World Bank report on gender in Bangladesh says that women still have limited choices,
control and decision-making power over their employment, finances and economic assets even
through the female labour force participation rate increased from 26% to 36% between 2003 and
amfori in partnership with CSR Centre and DBL Group has launched the “Shobola Project-
Empowering Women for Better Business” in January 2019. It was emphasized by him that
through the Multi Stakeholder Forum Shobola Project intends to complement other initiatives
and projects that are being implemented in the RMG sector of Bangladesh for women’s
“In partnership with CSR Centre and DBL Group, amfori will ta