Haycolour leverages two major sustainability certifications to boost exports

Sri Lanka’s largest water-based pigment emulsion manufacturer, Haycolour (Pvt) Ltd, a subsidiary of Hayleys Aventura, has successfully secured two major environmental certifications, as part of a broader effort to leverage industry-leading expertise in sustainable manufacturing and innovation to capture new export opportunities.

According to Managing Director of Hayleys Aventura, Wasaba Jayasekera, the new certifications, Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) and Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC), are expected to provide a boost in foreign earnings, primarily through the capture of new and expanded export market opportunities. They will also enable Haycolour to bring more sustainable solutions to the world, while also consolidating their position as an emerging leader in sustainable colour solutions across South and South-East Asia.

“Maximisation of Sri Lanka’s export opportunities is an urgent national priority. By investing in stronger Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) standards, and demonstrating the credibility of our efforts with such stringent global standards, we are working to demonstrate Haycolour’s commitment to sustainable manufacturing, and create value for our global customers, who are placing increasingly greater value on sustainable colour solutions.”   

Leading the charge in Bangladesh, Haycolour is now spreading its wings across Asia, with rapid growth in India, Pakistan, Malaysia, and the Philippines – leveraging sustainability to strengthen position as a visionary industry leader.

While sustainable fashion, ethical clothing, fair production are frequently used terms with many meanings, the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) the world-leading textile processing standard for organic fibres, has a clearly defined set of criteria and is transparent. It maintains that an entity adheres to ecological and social criteria, with the entire textile supply chain subsequently subjected to independent certification – providing a credible assurance to end consumers across the world.

Similarly, ZDHC is a leading worldwide environmental compliance initiative that encourages widespread implementation of sustainable chemistry, driving innovations and best practices in textile, apparel and footwear industries to protect consumers, workers and the environment.

The two new certifications add to Haycolour’s growing list of internationally-recognised sustainable and quality related certifications including Reach, FDA, EN 71 and CE compliances, for the glove and other industries. 

“We have also upgraded our equipment to be more modern and environmentally friendly which has helped us explore new business verticals. By prioritising ESG, we believe we can undertake bigger projects that support our country’s economic growth,” Jayasekera stated.  

About Haycolour (Pvt) Ltd

Haycolour is a leading colour solutions provider in Sri Lanka for textile printing, rubber and latex, printing inks and other non-textile industries. The company has built on 40+ years of heritage with its constantly up-to-date range of internationally verified accreditations to distinguish itself from its peers.

About the Hayleys Group

A centrepiece of the Sri Lankan economy, the Hayleys Group maintains a global presence across five regions with business interests spanning 16 diverse sectors. Accounting for USD 600 million of the country’s foreign earnings and 4.2% of the nation’s total export income, Hayleys is a champion of sustainable innovation and represents one of Sri Lanka’s most prominent success stories.

Monitoring of the pigment emulsion process
pH monitoring to ensure impeccable quality and adherence to global standards

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