Sri Lanka Apparel - Garments without Guilt focuses on ethical manufacture and sustainable development assuring the industry's commitment to ethical working conditions, free of child labour, free of forced labour, free of discrimination and free of sweatshop practices.
"Children have no business in our business" is just one of the principles governing Sri Lanka Apparel's industry ethos. The others include providing a better quality of life to the apparel workers through rural poverty alleviation, women's empowerment, education and implementing environmental initiatives minimizing damage to the environment.
Sri Lanka's Apparel Industry, dynamic and forward moving with over 30 years experience, has been at the forefront of industrial excellence and social responsibility in Asia, conforming and complying with the norms of ethical sourcing backed by strong legislation. And over the past decade as the global interest focused on how, where and by whom products were made, Sri Lanka Apparel was already ahead of the curve putting their own inherent ethical thinking into practice.
With the belief that one cannot better lives of people without a clear understanding of the key issues that confront them, both professionally and personally, Sri Lanka Apparel's mission has progressed beyond the work place to the community to include pro-people initiatives.
The United Nations estimates that women account for 2/3rds of the world's work yet earn only 5% of the world's income and own less than 1% of the world's real property. Sri Lanka Apparel by virtue of being the largest single employer in the country, by far, mostly from rural backgrounds, is helping women build better lives for themselves and their families by protecting their rights, undertaking rural poverty alleviation programs and creating opportunities for education and personal growth.
Sri Lanka is in fact the only outsourced manufacturing country in Asia which has signed up to 27 of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Core Conventions covering areas such as prohibition of forced labour and prohibition of child labour. In addition, the country's strong legislation demands safe and healthy working conditions, governed hours of work, social and security fund contributions and environmental protection standards.
In recognition, Sri Lanka is the only country in Asia to have been granted concessions by the European Union under the GSP+ scheme for good governance, which entitles duty-free imports under certain criteria to the EU.
Sri Lanka Apparel also supports many environment initiatives focused on minimizing its impact on nature. Every effort is being made to create sustainable growth by protecting the environment, both at the workplace and in the community. International standards of recycling, effluent treatment and waste management practices are followed to run the operations at optimum environmental efficiency.
Sri Lanka Apparel has already commissioned Swiss based SGS Group, world's largest organization in the field of inspection, verification, testing and certification, to monitor the Sri Lanka Apparel Code of Conduct Audits.
Undoubtedly, the 'Made in Sri Lanka' label is now synonymous with quality, reliability and social and environmental accountability. Sri Lanka Apparel can stand proud of creating an environment where businesses compete with integrity and respect. For the discerning buyer, concerned with not only the quality of the end product but also with the values that go into making the garments, Sri Lanka is the ultimate destination.