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Brandix is proud to receive the recent global recognition for its Eco Centre in Seeduwa for Brandix Casualwear. The plant received Platinum rating in August 2008 under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System of the US Green Building Council (USGBC).
The rating is a third party certification programme and America's benchmark for design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. It encourages and hastens global adoption of sustainable eco-friendly building and development practices. Brandix Casualwear Seeduwa is the Group's lead manufacturing plant for Marks & Spencer.
The Brandix Green Factory's score of 76 on the LEED scale of 85 points sets a new global standard for low energy consumption, water conservation, solid waste management and low carbon emissions. The score exceeds by 12 points the requirement for Platinum status and is the highest achieved by a Platinum rated manufacturing facility to date, and the first apparel factory in the world to take the LEED Platinum.
The Brandix Casualwear Green Factory from inception has amply demonstrated the Group's commitment to this global standard and more. This Eco Centre has reduced carbon emissions by 80%, an energy saving of 46%, reduced water consumption by 70% and achieved zero solid waste to landfill; eco-friendly indicators unmatched by any re-designed Green Plant in the world as yet.
WRAP (Worldwide Responsible Apparel Production)
WRAP (Worldwide Responsible Apparel Production) is the most recognised compliance standard in the United States for the apparel industry. It is an independent, non-profit organisation that endorses the certification of lawful, humane and ethical manufacturing of apparel throughout the world.
The Brandix Group is a member of its Certification Program, and has been awarded 12 certificates of compliance, with the distinction of obtaining the fastest certification worldwide and is among very few companies in the world to be WRAP certified.
These awards recognise that Brandix products are manufactured under these stipulated conditions, which cover not only ethical labour, but health and safety, environmental protection and supply chain security too.
Our facilities subscribe to and comply with global standards and practices including those demanded by WRAP and embrace the programmes run by such organsiations. WRAP independently monitors and certifies facility compliance with its standards, and continues to monitor their adherence to the detailed practices and procedures implied by them.
SA8000 (Social Accountability)
Brandix has been accredited the SA 8000 Social Accountability standards established by New York based Social Accountability International (SAI). The organisation promotes the global improvement of human rights for workers by collaborating with a range of organisations including companies, trade unions and governments.
The SAI endorsement is recognised as more stringent and so, more credible, and more consistent with ILO and UN conventions and declarations. It is a comprehensive and flexible system providing practical and visionary solutions for ethical workplace conditions in global supply chain management.
The world's top consumer apparel companies e.g. Gap Inc. demand adherence to exacting vendor compliance criteria. According to this global giant, Brandix received the fastest SAI certification, with seven certificates in all, covering ethical labour, health & safety and supplier control.
Brandix understands that the compelling case for such practices makes excellent business sense, and continues to be a leader in social accountability.
Brandix Textiles (BTL) accomplished another national first when its plant in Makandura received its Fair Trade certification from the Institute for Marketecology (IMO) of Switzerland. The company is Sri Lanka's largest woven fabric processor and the award is an important development for it and the country. Another Brandix Group company, Brandix Casualwear, Giritale, has also received this certification while Quenby Lanka Prints is in the process of obtaining it.
The Social and Fair Trade certification promotes the socio-economic development of producers in the global south and to foster long-term relationships and good practices with traders. It guarantees producers in the developing world in the entire supply chain obtain a more equitable deal by establishing a Fair Trade Premium which funds social, economic or environmental improvement projects.
BTL achieved a performance rating of 214, well above the minimum 172 points during the Fair Trade Audit conducted by the IMO Social and Fair Trade Programme. The areas it covered included respect for core labour rights, working conditions, administration of the Fair Trade Premium and accountability as a trade partner.
The award is important for the company to progress to supplying very discerning niche customers for whom at the retail end, the Fair Trade certified garments will be sold at a higher price. It is also a valuable independent affirmation of the company's commitment to good social practices.
OE100 (Organic Exchange)
The OE 100 certification from Organic Exchange (OE) is a set of industry compliance standards for the global organic cotton textile industry. Within the Brandix Group, seven companies have received this certificate and one, Quenby Prints Lanka, is in the process of obtaining this important award. The Organic Exchange is a non-profit organisation that promotes the global organic cotton industry and its members include many top international retailers who have added organic cotton products into their offerings.
The OE guidelines have been developed in response to increased consumer awareness of production methods in the cotton industry. Globally, consumers are concerned about the organic content of goods that they buy, such as food and apparel, and how its growth and processing can reduce the impact on the environment and society in general. To help the cotton industry foster comprehensive compliance in a growing market, the Organic Exchange has established these standards, especially for fibre-only claims.
With the OE certification, Brandix maximises the advantages it brings for suppliers include market access, with industry leaders demanding it as a minimum for blended yarn. Although certified organic cotton can cost more to produce, top customers are already supporting the initiative. As well as improving our marketing position, we anticipate reduced production costs over time, as we constantly improve operational systems.
Supporting the strategic gains, the production of organic cotton annually has more than doubled in 2006/7 from the previous year, as a direct result of the consumer industry's interest in providing products grown or made in the most sustainable manner possible.
GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard)
Several of the Brandix Casualwear facilities in Sri Lanka have already received GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certification during the final quarter of 2007-08. This global recognition of organic textile authenticity standards covers the production, processing, manufacturing, packaging, labelling, export, import and distribution of all natural fibres.
The plants include those at Pollonnaruwa, Giritale, Katunayake, Seeduwa, Ekala and Jaela. Other plants that have also received the certification are the Brandix Apparel at Rheinland Place, Colombo and Brandix Finishing at Ratmalana. Quenby Lanka Prints is in the process of being certified. It marks the Group's first phase of initiatives to establish a fully-integrated organic-certified supply chain that will enable Brandix to produce 100 per cent organic apparel for leading global brands.
The GOTS objective is to identify the criteria that guarantee the organic status of textiles, from harvesting of the raw materials through to environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing up to labelling.
The ISO 9001 certification is part of a suite of a system of quality management standards stipulated by the international Organisation for Standardization (ISO). Currently, Brandix Intimates, Katunayake, is ISO 9001 certified. What this means is that the company is required to meet the customer's quality and regulatory requirements in order to provide customer satisfaction and maintain an improved performance to address and maintain quality management.
The ISO 9001 certification is part of a family that covers environmental management standards developed by the International Organisation for Standardization (ISO). To comply with this standard, an organisation needs to minimize harmful impact on the environment by its activities, and to maintain these in keeping with an improved environmental performance. Currently, both Brandix Finishing Ltd plants and Brandix Textiles Ltd have been awarded this certification.
OHSAS 18001 (Occupational Health & Safety Assessment Series)
The OHSAS 18000 is an international occupational health and safety management system specification which seeks to promote various improvements in the working environment. The accreditation also encourages continuous progress in workplace health and safety by helping to minimize risk to employees, improve an existing similar system, demonstrate diligence and gain assurance, etc. Within the Brandix Group, Brandix Casualwear, Seeduwa, has been accredited with this internationally renowned standard.
- Sri Lanka's largest apparel exporter and third largest exporter overall for 2007-08, by the Export Development Board (EDB)
- Sri Lanka's largest apparel exporter and second largest exporter overall for 2006-07, by the Export Development Board (EDB)
- Presidential Export Awards - Award for Highest Net Foreign Exchange Earner in 2005
- Presidential Export Awards - Most Outstanding Exporter in the Apparel Sector in 2005
- Brandix Finishing, the Group's flagship 'Green' company, was recognised by a Community Leader Silver Award in 2005 for Waste Minimisation Practices, a President's Environment Award in 2005 for Industrial Environmental Excellence and ISO 14001:2004 certification
- Brandix Finishing was presented the Gold Award at the International Green Apple Environmental Awards conferred by the The Green Organization, UK for the innovative efforts taken to achieve zero disposal of solid waste and sludge to landfill
- Most Outstanding Exporter Award - National Awards for Export Excellence (NAEE) in 2003
- Gold Award in the Apparel Sector - National Awards for Export Excellence (NAEE) in 2003
- Selected as a success story in using Cleaner Production Techniques (CPT) in the textile finishing sector with its case study being presented at the Directors' meeting of National Cleaner Production Centre (NCPC) at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in Interlaken, Switzerland.