SGS Bangladesh teams up with Swisscontact to provide technical support to MSMEs

Continuing Vocational Education and Training, Labour market insertion
SGS Bangladesh Limited teamed up with Swisscontact Bangladesh to provide technical support to micro, small and medium size enterprises.

An agreement was signed on 14th December 2021 at the Swisscontact Bangladesh office between B-SkillFUL programme and SGS Bangladesh Limited to minimise the use of hazardous chemicals and improving the overall occupational safety and health conditions in leather goods, furniture making, and light engineering sectors. The partnership will also help the businesses to obtain ISO 9001 quality management certification. This will not only help to enhance business growth but also upgrade working conditions, produce better quality products, improve supply chains, and gain access to technology and information.  

"It is a great initiative for two Swiss organisations to team up and support the SME development ecosystem in Bangladesh towards better business resilience and building back better"
Corinne Henchoz Pignani, Deputy Head of Cooperation, Embassy of Switzerland in Bangladesh

B-SkillFUL Programme Phase II is a four-year skills and enterprise development programme, supported by the Embassy of Switzerland in Bangladesh. The programme aims to improve productivity and competitiveness of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and create better jobs by promoting Business Development Services (BDS) to at least 800 MSMEs and Workplace Based Training (WBT) to at least 13,000 new and existing workers. The programme is also promoting improved working conditions, gender equity, social inclusion, and more environmentally sustainable practices amongst partner MSMEs.