I think sustainability is possible anywhere; it is a matter of commitment from industry leaders.
Mr. Aroon Hirdaramani discusses the Sri Lankan textile industry in comparison to other textile industries of South Asia with Mary Christine Joy. Synopsis: Headquartered in Sri Lanka, the Hirdaramani Group is one of the country's largest conglomerates with interests in apparel manufacturing, hotels managed by the Hilton and Taj Group, renewable energy, IT, retail and finance. The group has a global reach, with over 40,000 employees across 6 countries and garments being sold to the world's leading brands and retailers including Marks & Spencer, Tommy Hilfiger, Levi's, Calvin Klein and Uniqlo. The group's production facilities across Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Vietnam utilize lean manufacturing and produce approximately 12 million garments each month. Aroon Hirdaramani has served as a Director of the Hirdaramani Group since 2003. Aroon earned a bachelor's degree in Business Economics from Brown University in 2001. After graduation, he worked as an analyst in investment banking at Credit Suisse in New York. Over the past 10 years he has helped to grow the Group's turnover exponentially and make it a model for operational excellence and environmental sustainability. Excerpts:
Hirdaramani Group has moved from being a humble retailer to a major manufacturing and retailing group in Colombo. How would you describe the journey so far?
Headquartered in Sri Lanka, how do you see the Sri Lankan textile industry as a sourcing destination in comparison to Bangladesh, Vietnam, and other Asian countries?
You were featured in the Echelons 40 under 40 list. You have achieved quite a lot in a young age. What advice would you like to give to young, aspiring entrepreneurs in Sri Lanka?
What according to you are the advantages of the Sri Lankan apparel sourcing industry in comparison to other sourcing destinations of South Asia?
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