Honorable Speaker Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury MP was present as the chief guest at the event. She said, “We are proud that Bangladesh has the highest number of LEED-certified green garment factories in the world. We are committed to making every possible effort to increase sustainability in the RMG industry in Bangladesh and take this sector to new heights.”
She further said, “The Sustainability Leadership Award will recognize the best practices of Bangladeshi garment factories in terms of environmental, social and innovation as well as inspire them to move forward in this regard and strengthen the image of Made in Bangladesh as modern, green and safe in the global market.”
BGMEA president Faruque Hassan said, “The main objective of this award is to recognize the best in the RMG industry and present them to a global audience. I believe such an event will greatly enhance the image of our apparel industry at home and abroad. At the same time, it will further encourage us to pursue sustainable development.”
Dr. Michael Claude, Project Manager, GIZ Textile Cluster, applauded the textile sector stakeholders for their joint success and highlighted the commitment of German development cooperation to establish sustainable practices in Bangladesh. He said, “We are committed to continuing this path with our partners and factories.”
A total of six factories received awards in three sub-categories in Social Compliance. Vintage Denim Studio was adjudged the champion for the most credible factory setup and Ecotex Limited the runner-up, while Ananta Garments and Pacific Jeans received awards for empowering women in the workplace. Epilion Knitwear and Flamingo Fashions were selected as the best-supported social enterprise around the factory.
In the Environmental Excellence category, Envoy Textiles and Zaber & Zubair Fabrics were recognized as environmental champions, while Color City and Universal Jeans were awarded for reducing water consumption and Matin Spinning Mills, Simco Spinning & Textiles and Karupanya Rangpur for recycling textile waste.
Karupanya Rangpur is also awarded in the Innovation Excellence category for the best innovation from a business perspective along with JM Fabrics.
Beximco Recover and Jinnat Fashions received Best Innovation for the Future and Square Fashions and SQ Celsius for Best Innovation in Worker Welfare in the Innovation Excellence category.