A Bangladeshi RMG factory is now world’s highest-rated green factory

December 13, 2023

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A Bangladeshi readymade garment factory is now the global leader as a Leed-certified green factory with a score of 106 — the highest ever score in the industry category project in the world.

The Gazipur-based SM Sourcing obtained leadership in energy and environmental design (Leed) certificate in the platinum category from the US Green Building Council (USGBC), according to the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA).

The factory obtained a platinum certificate at Leed O+M; Existing Building v4 rating system with a smart score of 106 out of 110.

However, the factory unit surpassed the previous highest-rated LEED Green Factory in the world, which was also from Bangladesh – Green Textiles Limited Unit 4 – which held a commendable score of 104.

This remarkable achievement marks a new chapter in sustainable textile manufacturing, further solidifying our country’s commitment to environmental leadership.

Now Bangladesh has strengthened its position as the global leader in green environmentally-friendly apparel factories, with 206 factories.

Apart from SM Sourcing, Nice Cotton Limited, another Gazipur-based manufacturer, received a platinum certificate from the USGBC for the Leed O+M: Existing Building v4.1 rating system, scoring 81 out of 110.

Bangladesh has made remarkable strides sustainably with 206 Leed green factories, including 76 platinum-rated, 116 gold-rated, 10 silver-rated, and 4 certified, solidifying its commitment to environmental stewardship.

Moreover, 24 new factories certified in just the past six months, including 16 platinum and 8 gold, showcased the pivotal role in propelling the country towards global leadership in eco-friendly garment production.

So far, 54 of the world’s top 100 Leed green factories are now located in Bangladesh, including 9 of the top 10 and 18 of the top 20, this achievement is poised to attract further investment and partnerships, solidifying Bangladesh’s position as a global leader in sustainable manufacturing.

Exporters said that the rapid increase in Leed-certified green factories in Bangladesh is a clear and direct consequence of the garment industry’s unwavering commitment to environmental sustainability.

This dedication to sustainability is not only worthy of praise but also crucial for ensuring the long-term viability and success of the industry.

Bangladesh achieved 30 green building certifications in 2022, while 550 more factories are in the pipeline to get the USGBC’s Leed certification.

USGBC honors factories based on several criteria – transformation performance, energy, water, and waste management. The best performers are rated with platinum, followed by gold and silver.

According to industry insiders, these criteria help green factories significantly reduce operational costs over time even though they may initially cost more to set up. These factories also provide a safe working environment for employees.

BGMEA Director Mohiuddin Rubel applauded the efforts of SM Sourcing for obtaining the prestigious position despite being a mid-sized factory.

“Even though there is a shortage of orders worldwide, we are still getting orders only because of our green factories. We are committed to the environment and labour rights,” he added.

He also said that global buyers and brands are increasing their focus on the environment, which is why eco-friendly factories will no longer be an option but will become mandatory.

“We are putting a lot of work ahead now, which will pay off in the future,” he added.

Talking to Dhaka Tribune, Mirza Shams, owner and CEO of SM Sourcing, expressed his delight in seeing his factory obtaining the highest score worldwide.

“This is a great honor for me and Bangladesh. I didn’t invest to reach the target of obtaining the first position, I have invested as per the demand of establishing an eco-friendly factory from the awareness and commitment for the environment,” he also said.

He further said that Bangladeshi manufacturers were always conscious about the environment, but were still deprived of fair pricing.

“We urge the buyers to ensure ethical sourcing practices as well as fair pricings,” he added.

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