Bangladesh’s RMG industry achieves 200 LEED-certified factories


Faruque Hassan, President, BGMEA

BGMEA proudly announces a significant achievement in its journey towards sustainable industrialisation, as the nation celebrates the certification of its 200th LEED Green Factory by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). This remarkable milestone underscores Bangladesh’s steadfast commitment to environmental stewardship, economic growth, and global competitiveness.

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification is internationally recognised as a symbol of excellence in sustainable building practices. These certified green factories adhere to stringent standards, demonstrating a harmonious blend of cutting-edge technologies and eco-conscious practices that prioritize resource efficiency, environmental conservation, and worker well-being.

I am glad to inform you that the number of U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED-certified RMG factories in Bangladesh has reached 200. Of these 73 are Platinum, 113 Gold, 10 Silver, and 4 are certified factories. Bangladesh is the home of some of the best factories in the world; 13 out of global top 15 LEED green factories are located in Bangladesh.

In last year 2022, 30 garment factories received LEED certification by USGBC (of those 15 were Platinum and 15 Gold), and this year, so far, 18 factories are LEED certified by USGBC (13 Platinum and 5 Gold). I hope by the end of this year we will be able to reach a new milestone in number of factory certification in a single year.

We have as many as 500 factories still waiting for the USGBC certification.

To receive the certificate, factories are required to maintain the highest standards regarding carbon emission, energy and water usage, waste management, indoor environmental quality etc. under strict supervision of the USGBC. The attainment of 200 USGBC certified LEED Green Factories stands as a testament to Bangladesh’s resolve in fostering a more sustainable and prosperous future. This achievement signifies the following key highlights:

  1. Pioneering Sustainability: Bangladesh’s industrial landscape has been reshaped by the successful integration of sustainable practices into its manufacturing processes. The 200 certified factories stand as pioneers, showcasing the feasibility of sustainable industrialization.
  2. Economic Resilience: The LEED Green Factories initiative has not only reduced environmental impact but also fortified the country’s economic resilience. These factories, by optimizing resource consumption and minimizing operational costs, bolster the nation’s economic growth and competitiveness on the global stage.
  3. Global Leadership: Bangladesh’s commitment to sustainable manufacturing exemplifies its global leadership in addressing pressing environmental challenges. By embracing LEED certification, the nation positions itself as an exemplar of sustainable industrialization for the rest of the world.
  4. Empowering Communities: Beyond environmental benefits, LEED Green Factories have contributed to healthier communities by creating safer and more sustainable working environments. The initiative underlines Bangladesh’s dedication to fostering a brighter future for its workforce.

I take this opportunity to congratulate and salute my fellow entrepreneurs in this industry for this achievement and their commitment to making a more resilient, sustainable, and sustainable industry. Despite all the challenges and struggles the industry has been facing, such accomplishment testifies to Bangladesh’s determination to forge a sustainable and vibrant industry. As the nation takes on the challenge of the modern world, it stands united in its pursuit of a greener and more prosperous tomorrow.