The country’s leather industry is now on the track to attain the Leather Working Group (LWG) certification, said Prime Minister's Private Industry and Investment Adviser Salman F Rahman yesterday. “We are hopeful that the country will be able to achieve the certificate early next year,” the PM adviser said while speaking at the review meeting of the implementation of the central effluent treatment plants (CETP) and overall works of Savar Tannery Industrial Estate (STIE) at the conference room of the estate in Savar yesterday.
LWG is a global multi-stakeholder group working to develop and maintain a protocol that assesses the environmental compliance and performance capabilities of leather manufacturers and promotes sustainable and appropriate environmental business practices within the leather industry worldwide. All works of the STIE will be completed by December this year, including the Central Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP) of Savar Leather Industries, Salman F Rahman said.
“After completion of all works, we will invite the global body LWG in early next year to examine the STIE in order to attain the standards certificate,” he added. “If we get the certificate of LWG, the country’s leather exports would increase as some of the existing barriers will be removed. The country’s entire leather industry will be brought under the LWG certification,” Salman said.
The LWG certification is awarded to companies based on the points obtained on factors such as solid waste management, treatment and less usage of water, chemical use and labour welfare. Out of 100 points, 85 bring gold certification while 75 points give silver and 65 bronze.
With Industries Minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun, MP in the chair, Industries Secretary Md Abdul Halim, BSCIC Chairman Md Mostak Hasan, BUET Team Leader Professor Dr Md Delwar Hossain, Leather Goods and Footwear Manufacturers’ and Exporters’ Association of Bangladesh President Saiful Islam, Bangladesh Tanners’ Association President Shaheen Ahmed, Bangladesh Finished Leather, Leather Goods and Footwear Exporters Association Chairman Mohiuddin Ahmed Mahin, STIE Project Director Engineer Jitendranath Paul and Apex Group Representatives Major (retd) Mirza Anwarul Kabir, among others, attended the meeting.