Driving a Success Story – Brandix Sep09

Driving a Success Story – Brandix...

Driving a Success Story The flagship ‘Green’ SBU, Brandix Finishing, has invested considerably in waste management and good environmental practices. It is the first company in Sri Lanka to achieve ‘Deep Green Light’ status, the highest rating from the Gap 2005 Global Water Program for meeting global water quality guidelines, for vendor laundries. It also won the 2005 Community Leader Silver Award in 2005 for Waste Minimisation Practices, President’s Environment Award in 2005 for Industrial Environmental Excellence and certified for ISO 14001:2004. Some of the Brandix Finishing initiatives included wastewater treatment, stringent practice of CPT, installation of a Reverse Osmosis Plant, minimising water waste during production, installation of a cyclone collector, dust bag filter systems and fume extraction systems, eliminating dye reprocessing, solid waste disposal through re-use or recycling and implementing the Green Productivity...

Development Programs Aug25

Development Programs

Development Programs are aimed at medium and small scale Member Enterprises who are seeking to build global competence to become world-class Apparel Solutions Providers. Sri Lanka Apparel through these strategic initiatives facilitates ‘professional growth’ for such deserving ‘Entrepreneur’ based businesses who want to grow but require guidance and support for ‘Holistic Development’. A few of key programs designed keeping these businesses in mind are: Chartered Institute of Marketing Apparel Marketing Program A PG Professional Diploma in Apparel Marketing that empowers apparel marketers with the right knowledge in both apparel and general marketing techniques. It prepares marketers to be able to effectively deal with apparel. A program by London College of Fashion [University of Arts, London] empowers Sri Lanka’s Apparel and Fashion designers to become Internationally competitive. This three year degree in Fashion Design and Product Development takes professionals through the rigours, challenges and opportunities in design of International Fashion and what buyers are looking at. Productivity Improvement Program Productivity Improvement Program is designed with the help of two International Specialists. The program equips businesses with learning techniques to increase process efficiency in factories, resulting in higher productivity at lower costs, better quality and on-time delivery in a more “leaner” and more “effective”...

WIPE OUT WASTE Jul31

WIPE OUT WASTE

  The latest in a long line of initiatives to reduce the amount of waste created in the production process, the Hirdaramani Group is launching the Wipe out Waste campaign. Following the example set by our green factory in Agalawatte, Mihila, the campaign strives to contribute 0% waste to landfills through the application of targeted ‘reduce, re-use, recycle, repair’...

MAS Eco Go Beyond Jul31

MAS Eco Go Beyond

In 2006, MAS Holdings launched ‘MAS Eco Go Beyond’, a community outreach initiative together with the support of the Ministry of Education of Sri Lanka, to create awareness on sustainability among the future generations of the country. Sustainability, while fast becoming a critical area of knowledge globally, was thus far not a part of the Sri Lankan school curriculum. MAS incorporated concepts from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Youth Exchange Programme (YXC) and the Consumer Citizenship Network’s (CCN) LOLA toolkit to develop a sustainability curriculum for Sri Lankan schools. The programme not only provides rural students with the opportunity to implement projects, but also fosters an educated and activated youth community who will in turn nurture sustainable livelihoods for themselves. Throughout the past 5 years of operation, Eco Go Beyond has impacted over 17,500 students of the target 15-18 age group in 30 schools, and indirectly their families and communities; taking sustainable development from an abstract concept to a ground reality. In 2008 UNESCO used the outline of the Eco Go Beyond programme to develop the Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Toolkit for the Asia Pacific region, and UNESCO Sri Lanka recognized MAS as the best partnership with the private sector for ESD in...

FIRST CARBONNEUTRAL® APPAREL FACTORY IN ASIA Jul31

FIRST CARBONNEUTRAL® APPAREL FACTORY IN ASIA...

FIRST CARBONNEUTRAL® APPAREL FACTORY IN ASIA The Hirdaramani Group’s eco-friendly factory ‘Mihila’ has been  awarded CarbonNeutral® certification making it the first Apparel Factory in Asia to achieve this distinction. The certification is awarded by The CarbonNeutral Company, a global provider of carbon reduction solutions. Achieving CarbonNeutral® factory certification required a detailed greenhouse gas assessment from the Carbon Consulting Company, and a comprehensive programme of internal energy efficiency measures, and external carbon offsets to compensate for the remaining emissions. This announcement marks the first milestone in an on-going process to assess and reduce the carbon footprint of the factories across the Group. “Social responsibility  has always been an essential philosophy at the Hirdaramani Group and the environment has become a major part of this agenda. Working with the Carbon Consulting Company has enabled us to quantify the gains and identify the key issues and implement systems that more directly reduce each factories emissions,” said  Nikhil  Hirdaramani, Director of the Hirdaramani ‘Mihila’ which aptly translates to ‘Earth’, is the Hirdaramani  Group’s first eco  friendly factory. A LEED™ Gold certified building Mihila holds the distinction of being the world’s first custom built Green Apparel Factory.  The factory focuses on three key areas;  energy consumption, water consumption and waste  management and  has achieved a  significant reduction in its carbon footprint. The factory incorporates several unique technologies  driving lower energy consumption This also marks a significant  achievement for the Sri Lankan Apparel Industry as it continues to build its position  as a  leader and  flagship destination for  ethical  and  sustainable manufacturing.  With increasing consumer demand for ‘green’ products, sustainable manufacturing remains a growth segment and being the first country in Asia to boast a CarbonNeutral® factory adds to our competitive edge against regional providers in addition to the prestige for...

Foundation Garments Pvt. Ltd helps ‘’Palle Kandawela Kanishta Vidyala’ Jul31

Foundation Garments Pvt. Ltd helps ‘’Palle Kandawela Kanishta Vidyala’...

Foundation Garments Pvt. Ltd.-[a subsidiary of Jindasa Group of Companies] took on this noble mission of empowering ‘’Palle Kandawela Kanishta Vidyala’, a school with bare minimum facilities into a comprehensive learning institution. The company executed and gifted 125 students and 17 teachers of the school its very own fully equipped Library, Home Science Lab, Lecture Hall and children’s play ground.  The entire project was executed in just six months with the labour support from parents and villagers. Putting smiles of innocent faces is one of the few missions that this garment manufacturing specialist has and would look forward to similar initiatives in the...

Refurbishment of Elivitiya Kanishta Vidyalaya by NEXT Jul31

Refurbishment of Elivitiya Kanishta Vidyalaya by NEXT...

Elivitiya Kanishta Vidyalaya is a school situated in the Chilaw District with 117 and 12 teachers. The School was in need of refurbishment. Next Sourcing limited and its Social Committee embarked on the mission of uplifting the school and its facilities in June 2008. The project was completed and handed over on 25th September 2008. The project consisted of  renovation of the main building, painting of class rooms, providing pipeline water, providing 3 computers for teaching purposes. Stainless steel Class name boards, chairs and steel cupboards were provided as resources for the School. We did not forget the Children. They were gifted with ties, uniform fabrics, shoes, books, a lunch box, a water bottle, school stationery, the school badge for the uniforms and bag of goodies. Finally the event was concluded by providing the children a memorable day by giving them a rare opportunity to view a magic show & Clown...

What’s life without water? Jul31

What’s life without water?...

Eskimo Fashion Knitwear Lanka  is a German Owned B.O.I. Company having a workforce of over 2500 employees. The Factory is located in Kadirana North, Negombo, Sri Lanka There are two villages adjoining the factory and there are around 600 families in these two villages. The area Kadirana North does not have pipe borne water. As such they got their washing water supply from man dug wells in their compounds. Such water could not be taken for drinking purposes as this water is unfit for human consumption. For the villagers to get drinking water they had to travel around 2-3 Kilometers away from the village where there are wells from which water of drinking quality could be obtained. A representation from these two villages approached the Eskimo Management with their drinking water problem. With the population in the village  increasing the company too identified this as a basic requirement of the villagers and embarked on a Drinking water supplying project along with the local governing body of this area. With   the   combined   expertise    from     the Company  and  the  officials  of the local   governing  body  of  the  village the ground was tested and a place was identified  to  dig  a  deep  well  which  contained water of drinking quality. A pump house and an   overheard    tank   was erected.  Pipe Lines were laid down to the individual houses. Water  from  the well  was supplied  to  the  houses   in  one  village   and  such villagers  are now  enjoying pipe borne drinking water. The construction work to provide drinking water to the 2nd village is in progress and is scheduled to be over by July 2008. Eskimo today is extremely proud to have helped the water poor become water sufficient....

Tsunami Victims being aided by Next Manufacturing (Pvt) Ltd Jul29

Tsunami Victims being aided by Next Manufacturing (Pvt) Ltd...

In the aftermath of the Tsunami, Next Manufacturing (Pvt) Ltd. (NML) and Next Sourcing Limited with the contributions made by their employees and by their holding company, NEXT Plc, UK, in addition to the housing and other assistance provided to their own employees who were affected by the Tsunami, were actively involved in the Tsunami reconstruction efforts. They established a Tsunami village of 150 houses, 3 shops, a community centre and a playground in one affected area, while also making contributions to other housing projects begun by other concerned companies. They provided medical supplies and helped to refurbish a maternity and childcare clinic and build another community centre in yet another Tsunami village. They provided boats and fishing gear for 10 families and also started a water supply scheme for villagers, efforts that continue to help those affected by the...

“MAS Women Go Beyond” : Key CSR Project by MAS Holdings Jul29

“MAS Women Go Beyond” : Key CSR Project by MAS Holdings...

In 2003, MAS embarked on a unique strategic CSR initiative titled ” MAS Women Go Beyond” which aimed to empower women at the workplace and beyond by improving their skills for career advancement or helping them maintain a balance between a professional lives and personal lives. The program was awarded the AAFA’s Excellence in Social Responsibility Award in 2005, and has also been recognized by INSEAD, which has based a case study upon it entitled “Strategic CSR in the Apparel Sector”. In addition, each plant has created its own programs. Among them are English classes, computer courses, reproductive health workshops which include maternity courses and AIDS awareness, leadership training, athletic programs, and sexual harassment awareness sessions for its employees. All the plants hold Parents Days, where the workers’ families visit, meet co-workers and managers and are assured that their daughters work in a safe and empowering environment. The plants regularly donate to local schools and hospitals, and after the devastating tsunami, employees raised money and spent their weekends building homes for those...