Star Garment Group (‘Star’), a leading global manufacturing company, has announced that it has been certified as CarbonNeutral® by The Sustainable Future Group (SFG), Sri Lanka’s foremost sustainability verification and certification body. This makes Star both the largest carbon neutral company in Sri Lanka, and the only one in the apparel sector to have its 14 facilities assessed and certified.
The CarbonNeutral® certification is awarded by Natural Capital Partners to companies that have reduced their carbon footprint to net zero in accordance with The CarbonNeutral Protocol.
The CarbonNeutral Protocol is the global standard for carbon neutral certification, providing the pragmatic guidance businesses need to measure Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions and to then build credible reduction solutions through a combination of in-house efficiency measures, renewable energy and external emissions reductions projects. SFG is the regional partner of Natural Capital Partners.
“We believe that as an organization, we should use our global scope of resources to support responsible climate action. The effort and investment to achieve this certification underscores Komar’s commitment to bold innovation and environmental stewardship. I’m proud that Star is leading the way to minimizing our impact on climate change,” said President and CEO, Charlie Komar.
Star targeted becoming a CarbonNeutral® Company by 2022 but was able to achieve this goal in 2020. The Carbon Consulting Company (CCC) was commissioned as Sri Lanka’s most recognized consultant on integrated corporate sustainability solutions to assess Star’s operational impact with GHG Assessments conducted across its 14 facilities, and to develop customized mitigatory measures to reduce their environmental impact. Star supported a renewable energy carbon credit project to offset its quantified emissions and become carbon neutral.
“We applaud Komar’s leadership in driving sustainability in Star and we are honoured to be their partner in achieving their ground-breaking goal. It is exciting to see an entire group of factories realize such a momentous step forward within such a short period of time, and should serve as an example for others to follow,” said Carbon Consulting Company CEO, Sanith de S. Wijeyeratne.
“Ethical and responsible business practices are inherent in our culture, including the importance of operating a sustainable company. Star’s outstanding achievement is the result of collaboration, managerial focus and the desire to do business in a positive way,” said Star Managing Director, A. Sukumaran.
Star is a world-class apparel sourcing, design and manufacturing company. The company provides expert, seamless execution in product development, technical innovation, on-time delivery and personalized customer service to ensure the best quality and value for each of our customers. [https://www.star.lk/about/]
Established in 1908, Komar is a global apparel products company, specializing in the design, marketing, sourcing and distribution of sleepwear, loungewear, intimates, and layering products. The company is an industry leader across a diverse range of competitive retail categories. Komar is proud to represent more than 100 lifestyle brands and licenses through their retail partners, which sell worldwide at every price point. [https://www.komarbrands.com]