The Denim Expert Limited, a market leader in quality denim manufacturing, has become the first manufacturer in Bangladesh to join the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC). The manufacturer will use the group’s sustainability measurement suite of tools, the Higg Index, to drive environmental and social responsibility throughout its supply chain.
With its membership in the SAC, the Denim Expert joins more than 220 global brands, retailers, and manufacturers, as well as government, non-profit environmental organizations, and academic institutions, (including Adidas, Puma, American Eagle, Disnep, G-star, Levis, Gap, Aldo, United Colors of Benetton, Inditex, Canada, Esprit, H&M, American Apparel & Footwear Foundation, GIZ, WWF etc.), which are collectively committed to improving supply chain sustainability in the apparel, footwear, and textile industry.
“We are pleased to join the SAC and it will have a positive impact on product sustainability over time and become a model for how industries can collaborate in making a positive impact on value chain performance,” stated Managing Director of Denim Expert Ltd., Mostafiz Uddin.
For this achievement, he thanked The Accord and Alliance and said, “The Accord and Alliance have been founded for a good reason. We appreciate what has happened, as without them it would not have been possible to achieve. 4,000 factories have been inspected, with remediation achieved at 88 percent by the Accord, 90 percent by the Alliance.”
“This has now been achieved, it is done. Let’s hand it over to our own country. Our own culture to manage,” he added.
In its relationship with the SAC, Denim Expert will contribute both data and resources to support the Higg Index, which measures sustainability performance and drives supply chain transparency and decision-making to improve efficiency and sustainability impact.
The Higg Index is an indicator-based suite of tools that enables suppliers, manufacturers, brands, and retailers to evaluate materials, products, facilities, and processes based on environmental performance, social labor practices, and product design choices.
CEO of SAC, Jason Kibbey welcomed the addition of Denim Expert Ltd. to the Sustainable Apparel Coalition by saying “Look forward to their participation in this industry-wide effort in sustainability.”
“Having the Denim Expert as part of the Coalition widens the scope of our impact within the industry and accelerates the change we’re making towards responsible industry actions,” he added.
Mostafiz Uddin is a vocal supporter for sustainability and advancing Bangladesh’s apparel and textile industries. In May, he spoke at the Copenhagen Fashion Summit about enabling transparency in garment manufacturing to create change.
Earlier, Denim Expert Ltd. introduced a new water-saving collection in April that reduces the amount of water needed to make one pair of jeans by half. The process combines technique-based finishing processes to reduce the number of steps in wet finishing and utilizes efficient washing machines.