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18 apparel makers receive Sustainability Leadership Awards

18 textile and apparel factories were awarded the Sustainability Leadership Award for outstanding performance in three categories in the ‘Made in Bangladesh’ week – jointly organized by Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA)and the German-based Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.
The Sustainability Leadership Award (SLA) held on November 17 added a new dimension to the success of this week-long celebration of textiles made in Bangladesh at ICCB in Dhaka.
Figure 1: 18 textile and apparel factories were awarded the Sustainability Leadership Award.
The awards were given in three categories – social compliance, environmental excellence and innovation excellence.
The ‘Social Compliance’ category includes – excellence in women’s empowerment in the workplace, social initiatives around the factory and social order. Factories ranked in the ‘Environmental Excellence’ category for their water use, recycling of textile waste, or leadership overall. Also, the factories that prioritized innovation and new services were also awarded. Among other categories, creative development of business, employee welfare and future security issues were discussed and categorized.
Figure 2: Ananta Garments received award for empowering women in the workplace.

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.”

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Figure 3: Envoy Textiles was recognized as an environmental champion.

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.”

Figure 4: Simco Spinning won the award for recycling textile waste category.

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.

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