The Project in a Nutshell
SMART Myanmar is a four-year project (2016-2019) funded by the European Union that builds on the initial SMART project implemented between 2013-2015. The project actively supports and promotes sustainable consumption and production (SCP) of garments “Made in Myanmar” – a concept with emphasis on resource efficiency and social responsibility.
Working closely with companies and business support organizations located in Myanmar, the project aims to build capacity by increasing skills and knowledge in local partner organizations to realize a switch to sustainable production that embraces social and environmental compliance. To assure the continuity of the project, local sustainability experts are trained to support Myanmar manufacturers in addressing international standards, ensuring improved working conditions and efficiency on a long-term basis.
SMART Myanmar fosters cooperation with multinational retailers and foreign investors to build deep-rooted business relations with Myanmar factories. Parallel to this, the branding initiative “Made in Myanmar” informs European and Myanmar consumers about Myanmar’s increasing orientation towards sustainable production in garment manufacturing.
Objectives and results of the project
The objective is to improve the production and consumption of sustainably manufactured garments from Myanmar.
The anticipated results are:
- Relevant Business Support Organizations, especially the Myanmar Garment Manufacturers Association, are trained to have the capacity to promote and advise on sustainable consumption and production (SCP) effectively.
- Expedient business, marketing and export strategies for products “Made in Myanmar” will enhance sales and create new market opportunities.
- Sustainable production is mainstreamed in the Myanmar garment sector resulting in expanded compliance with international social and environmental standards. Thus, the competitiveness of the industry will increase.
- The procurement of sustainably produced garments from Myanmar by multinational retail chains and consumers in Europe and Myanmar shall increase.
- MGMA and SCP consultants advocate on sustainable production related issues with government institutions.
- Myanmar banks improve their financial product and service offers to SMEs and develop an understanding of “green finance”.
- Stakeholders of the project have improved their cooperation to elevate the level of social and environmental standards in Myanmar.
- The Myanmar public procurement guidelines include compliance with social and environmental standards and government authorities produce sustainably produced garments.