Star Garment Group’s

Monday, 27 January 2020

Star Garment Group’s Portfolio of Factories EarnsCarbonNeutral® Certification
Apparel manufacturer becomes Sri Lanka’s largest carbon neutral entity.

Star Garment Group (“Star”), a leading global manufacturing company, announced today 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 facilitiesassessed and certified.

The CarbonNeutral® certification is awarded by Natural Capital Partnersto 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 organisation, we should use our global scope of resources to support responsible climate action,” said Komar President and CEO Charlie Komar. “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 minimising our impact on climate change.”

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 recognised consultant on integrated corporate sustainability solutions to assess Star’s operational impact with GHGAssessments conducted across its 14 facilities, and to develop customisedmitigatory 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” said Carbon Consulting Company CEO Sanith de S. Wijeyeratne. “It is exciting to see an entire group of factories realise such a momentous step forward within such a short period of time, and should serve as an example for others to follow.”

“Ethical and responsible business practices are inherent in our culture, including the importance of operating a sustainable company,” said Star Managing Director A. Sukumaran. “Star’s outstanding achievement is the result of collaboration, managerial focus and the desire to do business in a positive way.”

About Star

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 personalised customer service to ensure the best quality and value for each of our customers.[https://www.star.lk/about/]

About Komar

Established in 1908, Komar is a global apparel products company, specialising 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]

Media Contact:
Dhanushka Jayawardene

MSL, Sri Lanka

dhanushka.jayawardene@mslgroup.com
+94 112 372 080 or +94 77 133 1634

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