Occupational Health and Safety
Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) remains integral to workplace safety and a nurturing environment for employees. Our compliance to international standards and certifications, and constantly increasing best practices was rewarded with two awards at the Industrial Safety Awards event, 2006. In recognition of minimising risks and occupational hazards in the workplace, Brandix Casualwear was adjudged the All Island Safety Award for large scale companies while one SBUs won merit awards. The awards are organised by the Industrial Safety Division of the Department of Labour and sponsored by the Industrial Safety Equipment Company and are based on the stringent audit conducted prior to the selection Three of our manufacturing plants are ISO 140001 certified. Other certifications include WRAP, SA 8000 and OHSAS 18001:1999, fair trade, GOTS accreditation, ensuring that occupational health and safety measures are followed and constantly improved
- EMAS Standard : A voluntary EU standard for environmental business management systems, this certification recognizes organisations that go beyond minimum legal compliance and continuously improve environmental performance.
- Oeko-Tex Certification : Issued by Testex, the Institute of the International Association for Research and Testing in Zurich for compliance in labelling and chemical dying.
- Deep Green Light status : The highest rating from GAP 2005 Global Water Program meeting global water quality guidelines
- Cleaner Production Techniques : (CPT) is an internationally used tool to minimize waste and improve productivity and facilitates environmentally friendly technology to improve the environmental performance of industries
- Independent audits and monitoring are conducted continuously by SGS United Kingdom Systems and Certifications, the Central Environmental Authority, the Board of Investment of Sri Lanka and the Fire Brigade of Sri Lanka.
- Six Sigma : Measuring quality that strives for near perfection, Six Sigma is a measurement-based strategy that focuses on process improvement and variation reduction through its application. Earlier this year, Brandix produced the first ever Six Sigma Black Belt qualifiers in Sri Lanka's apparel sector.
- Kaizen : A continuous improvement effort that calls for a holistic inclusive approach by every employee
- 5 S: A widely practiced Japanese improvement process based on, "Sort, Straighten, Shine, Systemise and Sustain" with "Safety" as the sixth option.
A highlight of the Brandix Group's growth is its determination to to driving its companies and associates to adopt global best practices, even under intense global competition. Brandix has systematically built a framework that proactively drives economic, environmental, social and ethical imperatives that marry into the Group's vision and values. This provides vital support to globally compliant platforms that prompt eco-efficiency, cleaner technology, effective resource use, gender and economic equality, responsible product stewardship and ethical labour practices.
It created a culture of pioneering many firsts that in turn has encouraged the Group to exceed compliance beyond expectations and benchmarks.
The many initiatives Brandix has long implemented to infuse clean technology into its operations have pivoted on the conviction that clean technology can drive its ultimate goal of being a completely green business concern. Working with like-minded parties across the supply chain has consolidated this agenda.
Soaring energy costs of US$9 million annually spurred a group-wide initiative to reduce overall energy consumption by an average of 15 per cent. With the Group now working in a quota-free environment of massive global competition, with rising energy costs threatening global competitiveness, its two-pronged thrust of reducing production cost and improving productivity and quality focuses on creating awareness of cost and energy management, employee participation and linking energy efficiency to productivity improvements.
The success of these efforts at Brandix Finishing, the Group's flagship 'Green' company, was recognized 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 also the first company in Sri Lanka to achieve "Deep Green Light" status, the highest rating from the Gap 2005 Global Water Program for meeting global water quality guidelines, a rating awarded to vendor laundries on environmental performance, especially the discharge of effluents. Brandix Finishing is also the only treatment plant in the region where all international standards have been met and surpassed.
The company was also selected as a success story in using Cleaner Production Techniques (CPT) in the textile finishing sector. Its case study was presented at the Directors' meeting of National Cleaner Production Centre (NCPC) at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in Interlaken, Switzerland.