A workshop was held by FPCCI (Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry) on EU Environmental standards for textile and leather. The purpose was to create awareness among the business community. The workshop was organized by WWF in collaboration with ILO and EU. Dr Mirza Ikhtiar Baig, Senior Vice President FPCCI participated as the chief guest. Other participants included Dr. Reiner Hengstmann, expert of apparel sustainable and other textile and leather industry stakeholders.
During the workshop, in his address, Dr. Mirza Ikhtiar Baig emphasized the need for setting up combined affluent treatment plants in the industrial zones to meet the requisitions of international environment standards of the buyers who protest dumping of chemicals and affluent in the sea causing hazard to human life. He informed that the government had announced four CETPs for Karachi industrial zones, but the plan still awaits execution. He further emphasized the need for ECO Tex Certification in the country required by leading brands that the fabric is free from harmful substances.
Dr. Reiner Hengstmann, who has been part of international brands such as PUMA and Hogu Boss, shared the study and research work on EU standards and their compliance.