Objectives and target groups

The overall objective of the action is to enhance the resource efficiency and sustainability of the leather sector in Bangladesh throughout the whole value chain of the leather related products such as footwear and other leather goods.

The specific objective of the action is to increase the number of less polluting and more resource efficient leather related products by means of the implementation of environmental management systems and life cycle approaches (LCA, Eco-design) in the SMEs, and promoting “green” commercialization and consumption through the use of Eco-labelling. Special attention will be paid to making finance accessible to SMEs, as without finance, SMEs will never have options to take a step forward for implementing SCP practices.

Target Groups:

i.    The action will target primarily the near 580 SMEs that belong to the leather sector in Bangladesh, including tanneries, mechanized leather goods units, dyeing factories and stores.

ii.    The second target group is the industrial associations, such as (i) Leather goods & Footwear Manufacturers & Exporters Association of Bangladesh (LFMEAB), (ii) Bangladesh Finished Leather, Leathergoods and Footwear Exporters Association (BFLLFEA) and (iii) Bangladesh Tanners Association (BTA). They will act as business intermediaries to disseminate and replicate the results of the action, even beyond the action period.

iii.    The third target group includes retailers and other commerce agents such as Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI), Ministry of Commerce and Leather Sector Business Promotion Council. By means of this action, they will count with eco-labelled products that will facilitate the market expansion, mainly in exports to other countries that require certified products such as European countries.

iv.    The fourth target group includes national authorities responsible for policy formulation and implementation. The action will target governmental organizations from public services, economic planning and finance, industry and environment.

v.    The fifth target group includes financial institutions, which need to be sensitized towards more sustainable investment which will open up the long term credit lines for SMEs to implement the sustainability practices.