Over the years, our journey in sustainability has set the stage for other manufacturing organisations as we continue to introduce and reinforce sustainable practices that have helped reduce the carbon footprint of our manufacturing operations. In 2008, the Brandix Green factory at Seeduwa became the first apparel manufacturing facility in the world to be rated Platinum under the LEED Green Building Rating System of the US Green Building Council (USGBC). This was a significant milestone not just for our organisation or the industry, but for the nation as a whole. We have since then obtained LEED certifications for our other facilities, and most recently, secured the highest Platinum rating for the Brandix factory in Batticaloa. This is also the second highest rating for an apparel manufacturing plant the world over.
In 2011, the Brandix Eco Centre became the first Apparel manufacturing facility in the world to obtain the prestigious ISO 50001 Energy Management Systems certification. These achievements have inspired us to continue to raise the bar in our sustainability goals, helping us improve the scalability of our business by setting world-class parameters and targets for sustainable business growth.
Further, aiming to achieve carbon neutrality across our operations by 2020, we embarked on a broad 10-year strategy that is anchored to actionable Group-wide targets and recognizes the unique biodiversity of every nation we operate in – with a commitment to manage environmental performance without any disruption.
As part of this continuous journey, we rolled out the Brandix Eco Index. This world-class tool utilizes technology to evaluate our environmental performance across factories and SBUs, while making improvements to processes on an on-going basis.
In addition, Brandix continues its two-fold investing in R&D.
On one hand, our Sustainability team continues to develop environmentally sound products while parallelly identifying new manufacturing technologies that address environmental impact. On the other, a sustained training programme is carried out among group-wide employees with the objective of raising planet-consciousness and awareness of environmental impact as part of our role of being a responsible corporate.
At Brandix, compliance is built into the heart of our day-to-day operations. Thus, monitoring of all compliance initiatives are measured by our Central Compliance Team. This team ensures that all environmental laws and regulations of every country Brandix operates in, are strictly conformed to.
Brandix factories in Sri Lanka have obtained the Environmental Protection License issued by the Central Environmental Authority (CEA), while factories in India have obtained Consent for Operation and Consent for Establishment issued by the Pollution Control Board – India. Our operations in Bangladesh have also obtained the Environment Clearance Certificate issued by the respective Department of Environment.
Galvanizing the company’s commitment to limiting operational impact on the environment is Brandix’s adoption of voluntary standards. This is underscored by Brandix EcoEye, the Brandix Group’s energy management programme developed in line with ISO 2001 – Energy Management Standard; and the Group Carbon Footprint Calculation Process - built in accordance to the GHG Protocol, the internationally recognized benchmark for accounting and reporting on greenhouse gas emissions.
This is an energy-monitoring solution used by the Brandix Sustainability Team. This tool gathers utility consumption data by connecting to all Building Management Systems (BMS) from Group-wide operations; it presents the data in a dynamic way that allows the team to monitor utility and usage patterns. The data gathered allows the Sustainability Team to define energy usage baselines at the individual factory level.