Ethical manufacturing takes a holistic approach to the manufacturing process and focuses on sustainable processes throughout the life cycle of a product and its facets. Ethical businesses as a general rule, look into the care and green practices of every part and process of the company or brand, from the human element to the production, logistics, and even the customer. The mandate for ‘Ethical Manufacturing’ is an integral part of Star’s overall business process and trickles down to every person, place, and product.

The apparel industry in Sri Lanka, even in a world suffering from the effects of Covid-19, is still one of the world’s leading destinations for ‘Ethical Business and Manufacturing Practices’ for several reasons. Sri Lanka as a destination creates excellence and provides exceptional solutions to global brands. The industry is powered by titans such as Star, a subsidiary of American-based – Komar Brands.

Ethical Production

Ensuring that all aspects of production are safe and conducted through a sustainable process, companies such as Star work to ensure maximum efficiency in production, reducing the strain on resources, and personnel. In addition, ethical businesses enforce safety procedures that care for the best health, well-being, and progression of workers in addition to legal requirements. Following in the footsteps of Star, many newer entrants have improved their safety and sustainability standards at work noticing the benefits of increased productivity.

Ethical People

Workers in an ethical business aim to create procedures and protocols that create standardization across the board and aim to ensure the fair treatment of all members which results in balanced work hours, appropriate compensation, and protection against injury. These companies, such as Star understand the importance of safety and well-being for all members.

Ethical Energy

An ethical business ensures all parts of its product production cycle is energy efficient with sustainability goals met at every turn.  Star introduced South Asia’s first passive house, located in Sri Lanka as its Innovation Center in 2017.

As a building with thermal comfort guaranteed through reheating fresh air flow, responsible for sufficient air quality without additional recirculation; special insulation materials have been used to prevent heat gain within the building. Ethical Energy a.k.a sustainable manufacturing is practiced at Star for the creation of manufactured products through economically-sound processes that minimize negative environmental impacts while conserving energy and natural resources. This process promotes minimizing or eliminating production and processing waste through eco-efficient practices and encourages adopting new environmental technologies. Ethical businesses go beyond the basic legal restrictions to minimize their production of waste and emission as much as possible.

Ethical Products

Ethical businesses strive to produce and ensure their products do not affect the health of their customers nor the safety of the environment. The journey to producing such safe products involves stringent testing to eliminate harmful contaminants or effects.

In the last decade, in particular, with Gen Y (Millennials) and Z (Zoomers), market trends have shifted to value ethical businesses, whether small enterprises or large corporates – where employee management, product testing, locational production, and environmental protection takes foremost priority. Ethical Business practices have taken a new form of popularity in almost every industry.