Hela Clothing, a global apparel manufacturer with factories across Kenya, Ethiopia, and Sri Lanka, was recently presented with ‘The Most Sustainable Factory’ award at the first-ever Global Sustainability Conference organized by George, the private label clothing brand for Asda in the UK and Walmart in the US.
The award was presented to Hela Clothing in recognition of its performance in sustainability. This is the second such international award won by the company in 2021 having received the Sustainability Award at the Tesco Non-Food Partner Conference earlier this year, the company said in a statement.
The Global Sustainability Conference is George’s largest sustainability conference which brought together suppliers from across the globe. The forum was used to conduct discussions on reducing the brand’s impact on the environment and help protect the natural world while also recognizing suppliers for their outstanding achievements in these areas.
All Hela Clothing factories are environmentally friendly across all pillars of water, air, chemicals, energy, emissions, and waste. Many of these factories have even achieved a Higg Index Score of over 90%. Developed by the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, the Higg Index is an apparel and footwear industry self-assessment standard for assessing environmental and social sustainability throughout the supply chain.
“Over the years, in keeping with our vision to become a global leader in providing sustainability-focused disruptive solutions for the apparel industry we have consistently registered some impressive numbers through our efforts,” CEO of Hela Casual Sanath Amaratunga said.
Hela has recorded a 35% reduction in water consumption across the Group with 104% of electricity needs being solar-powered, while a 51% reduction in electricity consumption has also been successfully achieved.
“Through careful planning, embracing new technologies, progressive thinking, and positive action we believe these efforts can be replicated throughout the industry and help drive us closer to a fully-realised circular economy,” Amaratunga said.
Hela Clothing is a $200 million company that provides sustainability-focused apparel supply chain solutions. The company works closely with global brands, from design to delivery, in the intimate, sleepwear and children’s product ranges. With 10 factories across three countries and a workforce of over 15,000 across the globe, Hela leads the industry in ethical and sustainable working environments.