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Wasiq Jakaria and Sheikh HM Mustafiz presented the keynote papers during the study publication.

Zuena Aziz, the chief coordinator for SDG affairs at the Prime Minister's Office, UNDP's resident representative Sudipto Mukerjee and BGMEA president Rubana Huq, among others, also spoke.

In the concluding session, 47 garments factories were awarded for SDG compliance.

In the 2019-20 fiscal, at least 44,064 workers got employment at the 47 factories. The study found most of the factory workers were brought under health insurance. Moreover, the factories ensured maternity leave despite many challenges including the pandemic.

The study also found 15 per cent of the garments factories recycle water at production and washing units while 23 per cent of the factories harvest rainwater for industrial use.

The factories became energy-saving, reducing power consumption to at least 6 per cent in the 2018-19 fiscal compared to the previous fiscal, the study found.

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