Supplier Qualification Project

Bangladesh is a major sup­plier of ready-made gar­ments to the world mar­ket. The sec­tor makes up 80% of the coun­tries' ex­port rev­enues and pro­vides work for al­most 4.4 mil­lion work­ers, most of them fe­male. However, gar­ment work­ers often face dif­fi­cult so­cial and work­ing con­di­tions, and the in­dus­try has a poor en­vi­ron­men­tal record. Bad work­ing con­di­tions and non-com­pli­ance regarding fire safety, col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing and min­i­mum wages requires immediate improvement.
SQP started in 2008 and is currently in its sixth phase, start­ing from June 2014 to May 2016. SQP is implemented by GIZ-IS in consortium with Swisscontact and pro­ject aims to ad­dress the lack of im­prove­ment in work­ing con­di­tions in gar­ment man­u­fac­tur­ing fac­to­ries in Bangladesh. 
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Project duration
2008 - 2016
Financed by
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

The Project

The goal of SQP is to improve working conditions as well as adherence to social standards and local law in garments factories. This will improve living conditions (health, wages, rights) for poor garments workers. Efforts are being made to increase skills and awareness among factory management, owners and workers through training workshops and factory visits.

The project has social compliance experts and fire safety experts who have vast experience in social standards compliance, fire safety, local law and training. An innovative dialogue approach is used to train the factories with tested contents and working tools.

Each factory forms a Change Management Team (CMT) comprising of members from management, compliance, production and workers responsible for implementing improvements. The capacity of the CMT is built through various workshop trainings so that they transfer the knowledge within the factories by internal trainings.

The project through factory visits supports task list implementation for improvements and provides hotline support by telephone and e-mail to clarify queries of factories. SQP supports factories in Gazipur, Savar, Narayangonj and Tangail districts. Since its inception in July 2008 to mid-December 2014, the project has supported 90 factories, resulting in improved working conditions for 141,000 workers. SQP interventions have helped reduce injuries, migration and absenteeism

Results 2015

  • Training workshops on various topics conducted at 101 factories
  • Experts carried out 923 factory visits
  • Delivered 821 hotline support
  • Trained 9,716 workers in factories on health, safety and rights issues
  • Trained 1,378 attendees of Change Managment Team in factories
  • Assessed 123 factories for fire safety
  • Trained 6,212 workers on firefighting, rescue and first aid issues