Epyllion Group started its journey as a house of Readymade Garments (RMG), engaged in manufacturing and exporting of knit Apparels since 1994. It has state- of-the-art vertically integrated garments manufacturing facility which ensures one-stop service to the buyers from Europe, USA, Asia and Africa.
Our vision is to become a window through which all of our interacting parties can see and feel their prospect and dream for success. Our aim at Epyllion is to be known as an entity whose main driving force is its human resources. With such a motivated, highly skilled and professional workforce, Epyllion has started marching towards successful tomorrow.
Epyllion believes that Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is a sustainable way of business management to execute company’s commitment and responsibility towards the People (Employee and community), Planet (Natural environment) and the Profit (Economic development). Epyllion Group has been implementing different actions through the fund of Epyllion Foundation keeping in mind to attain the SDGs adopted by United Nations. The Epyllion Foundation is the Trust under Epyllion Group incepted on April 2011. This trust was formed to look after the welfare of society and its people. The foundation firmly believes that setting-up new industries and creating employment opportunities are the best forms of serving the society. Our special focus is on the SDG no. 3. Good Health and Well-being, 4. Quality Education, 5. Gender Equality, 8. Decent Work and Economic Growth, 9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, 10. Reduced Inequality, 13. Climate Action, 17. Partnerships to achieve the Goal.
We are aware of ISO 26000, which is the international standard to assist organizations effectively to address social responsibilities. By incorporating the 10 Principles of the UN Global, we are upholding the basic responsibilities of people and planet. Epyllion Foundation implementing SDGs that are relevant and significant to their mission and vision; operations processes; and stakeholders; and environmental impact.
Our focused issues on CSR which directly supports the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Health and Well-being
We have full-time doctor and medical facilities along with monthly health check-up camps with free medication for all workers. Moreover, their children also receive consultation of specialists which ensures the wellbeing. The employees’ preventive health check-up camp has been in place for consecutive two years. Health shield agreement with health service providers also assists in ensuring quality treatment to all levels of the staff at this group. In 2016 and 2017, 1,500 community people were served with health services including eye surgery of 220 people. As a part of the service, we engage with peer organization and associates to aid vulnerable groups.
Education is the key to a developed nation. KHEA (Keen Hand for Educational Assistance) Scholarship program is there for our employee’s children. Scholarship and stipend are available for all employees with giving special consideration for underprivileged workers. Our “keen” hands are for those who are eagerly want to continue their study under any institution, but unable to do so due to financial shortage. Epyllion foundation already covered 678 students of PSC, JSC, SSC, and HSC with Tk. 3.7 million yearly.
The garment industry in Bangladesh has played a significant role in uplifting a large group of poor and vulnerable women. Today, approximately 80% of garment workers are women from different parts of the country. Epyllion Group is always concerned about the equal opportunity for both male and female in this sector. Of the total workforce, 68% is male, and 32% is female. Having a control over their own income also provides the women with more decision making power at home, a voice in the social sphere along with enhanced self-esteem. We observe international days such as International Women’s Day, World Diabetes Day, Father’s Day, Mother’s Day and through these events, we try to increase awareness about gender equality among our staff. To establish efficient and safe working environment, we emphasize on health care and subsidy in health check-up, free transport, lunch, snacks, fair price shop, child care, dormitory service, nutrition allowance for expecting female employees, gifts for newborns, celebrating birthday or farewell program for our employees, etc.
Decent Work and Economic Growth
We always take the initiative to establish employees’ rights as we believe employees come first. In-house and external operative training and awareness program continuously develop efficiency level of the working people. Best performers are rewarded with incentives for attendance, efficiency, and productivity. The arrangement of Annual cultural and sports program (volleyball, football, and cricket), foreign tour always keep the work environment competitive and qualitative.
Innovative technological progress is also key to finding lasting solutions to both economic and environmental challenges, One of the RMG units of Epyllion Group is LEED (Gold) certified, and another RMG unit is going to be launched soon with projected LEED (Gold) certification. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a rating system devised by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) to evaluate the environmental performance of a building and encourage market transformation towards sustainable design. The system is credit-based, allowing projects to earn points for environment friendly actions during construction. Epyllion is investing in infrastructure and innovation to ensure economic growth and development.
With an aim to reducing inequality, community involvement and development through contributing to the victims of natural disaster is a common practice of CSR activities. From 2012 to 2016, more than 11,500 pcs of winter wear and blankets had been distributed among unprivileged persons in northern districts. Apart from winter, Epyllion Group extends its supportive affiliation during the natural disasters like the flood in North Bengal and a landslide in Rangamati. More than 1,950 families received financial assistance from Epyllion Group for rehabilitation. To ensure community involvement and increase awareness among them, we observe international days such as World Environment Day, International Mother Language Day, etc.
Epyllion Group provided title sponsorship to the Narayanganj District Football Association for consecutive three years worth Tk. 7.5 million for the development of football environment of the District and BFF under 15 teams including renovation of the playground. Yearly Junior Epyllion, Rise above all, Sailor Social Camps are the remarkable initiatives of this foundation to encourage youth development where the youngest minds get the opportunity to build themselves for the future world.
Epyllion Group is always concerned about the recycling process of unused materials and continues environmental sustainability activities to conserve the environment and prevent pollution. With the association of Green Savers Epyllion Foundation, we have already arranged 22 events of ‘Sailor Green Savers Plant for Planet’ at different schools. Since 2015, 600 waste drums are reused in this initiative, which involves more than 2,200 stakeholders. Approximately 9,000 trees are planted at own factory premises through a project at various educational institutions in Dhaka, and Gazipur.
To ensure a clean, sustainable environment-friendly workplace with proper waste management from reusable and recyclable solid waste to treatable liquid effluent, 30% reduction in energy consumption, renewable energy, zero waste to landfill, reduction in water consumption, environment conservation programs with buyers G-STAR, Zero Discharge Harmful Chemical Program with C&A, and another program with H&M, S. Oliver with the aim to reducing carbon footprint.
Partnerships to achieve the Goal
We believe achieving the SDGs requires partnerships among the government, private sector, civil society and citizens alike to make sure we leave a better planet for the future generations. Promoting sustainable industries, and investing in innovation are all important ways to facilitate SDGs. Whatever we achieved so far has been possible for the efficient workforce we have, who render their best possible services, according to their caliber and inspiration.
Core Philosophy & Ethical Views
• Human Spirit
• Ethical Business Practice
• Protecting Environment
We focus on CSR:
We are in that state to accomplish CSR with the following principles.
• Seven Core Principles of ISO 27000
• 10 Principles of UN Global Compacts
• 17 SDGs by UN
• 33 Objectives set by Epyllion foundation.
THE WRITER is the Manager of CSR at Epyllion Group.