The Green Factory Award
The ‘Green Factory Award’ has introduced by The Labour and Employment Ministry on the occasion of the birth centenary of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Therefore, the award will be given after every two years. However, the Labor and Employment ministry recently said that the awards will be given in six categories to green factories in appreciation of their efforts to keep carbon emissions low, tackle global warming and address the impact of climate change locally and globally.
The Green Factory Award 2020
The Green Factory Award 2020 was given to 30 factories of the country from six sectors following recognition of their contributions to protecting the environment and creating jobs. Moreover, this award was given marking the birth centenary of the founding president of the nation Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Additionally, Prime minister Sheikh Hasina virtually joined the award-giving ceremony from her official residence. Finally, on behalf of the prime minister, state minister for labour and employment Begum Monnujan Sufian handed over the awards to the factory representatives at the city’s Osmani Smriti Auditorium.
Figure: The Green Factory Award
On this occasion, 30 factories from six sectors are awarded, They are
- 15 are from the garment sector,
- 04 from tea sector,
- 03 (Three from food processing sector,
- 03 from plastic sector,
- 02 from leather sector, and
- 03 from pharmaceutical sector.
The 15 garment factories got Green Factory Award:
Bangladesh is the global leader markedly having 152 green garment buildings certified “Leadership in Environmental and Energy in Design (LEED)” by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). Among them 44 factories are platinum rated while 94 are gold rated, 10 are silver. Besides, 500 more factories are in the process of achieving LEED certification.
BGMEA President Faruque Hassan also congratulated the factories on winning the award and expressed appreciation for their efforts to reduce carbon emissions and global warming and their commitment to a healthy and sustainable future.
He urged the government to honour all green garment factories in Bangladesh similarly with awards to recognize their contributions to protecting the environment. In fact, the BGMEA President requested global brands and retailers to offer justified prices to green factories to encourage green initiatives in the apparel industry.
Following are the 15 garment factories that are awarded the green factory awards. They are-
- Remi Holdings Ltd,
- Tarasima Apparels Ltd,
- Plummy Fashions Ltd,
- Mithela Textile Industries Ltd,
- Vintage Denim Studio Ltd,
- AR Jeans Producer Ltd,
- Karooni Knit Composite Ltd,
- Designer Fashion Ltd,
- Kenpark Bangladesh Apparel Private Limited (Kenpark Unit 2)
- Green Textile Ltd, (Unit-3),
- Four H Dyeing and Printing Ltd,
- Wisdom Attires Ltd,
- Mahmuda Attires Ltd,
- Snowtex Outerwear Ltd and
- Auko-Tex Ltd.
Tea Industry Sector
Following are the four enterprises from the tea industry sector. They are-
- Gazipur Cha Bagan,
- Laskarpur Cha Bagan,
- Jagchara Tea Factory and
- Neptune Cha Bagan.
Food Processing Sector
Following are the factories from the food processing sector. They are-
- Habiganj Agro Ltd,
- Akij Food and Beverage Ltd and
- Ifad Multi Products Ltd.
Following are the three factories from the plastic sector. They are-
- Banga Building Materials Ltd,
- Allplast Bangladesh Ltd and
- Durable Plastic Ltd.
Leather Industry Sector
Following are the two factories from the leather industry sector. They are-
- Apex Footwear Ltd and
- Edison Footwear Ltd,
Following are the three factories from the pharmaceutical industry. They are-
- Square Pharmaceuticals Ltd,
- Beximco Pharmaceuticals Ltd and
- Incepta Pharmaceuticals Ltd.
At the function, at last, the awardees received medals and certificates and award money. Additionally, the prime minister also opened the eight newly constructed women hostels. At the function, the prime minister also opened the ministry’s eight newly constructed structures, including a women hostel for working women.
Following are the eight new structures are a hostel for working women with
- 5-bed hospital facilities and labour welfare centre at Bandar in Narayanganj;
- six-storey Shilpa Samparka Shikhayatan Bhaban in Chattogram;
- five-storey regional labour office in Narayanganj;
- three-storey labour welfare centre and regional labour office in Bogura,
- four-storey labour welfare centre at Rupsha in Khulna
- three-storey labour welfare centre in Gaibandha;
- three-storey labour welfare centre at Mongla in Bagerhat; and
- labour welfare complex at Ghagray in Rangamati.
So, from the above, it is clear that the government focuses on environmental safety as well as the compliance issue of the factories. Surely, this initiative will encourage the manufacturers to improve their working environment to protect the environment and ensure worker and employee compliance issues. Also, the factory management can implement some quality measurements such as 5S, Kaizen, TQM, TPM and others to get continuous improvement.
Lastly, Other factories management will try their best to get the green factory award.