AGI Denim has achieved the end-to-end LEED Gold certification. As the first denim manufacturer and the only textile company worldwide to achieve this acknowledgment, AGI Denim has completed its certification process from spinning through garment, after it had acquired the Leed Certification in 2016 and further achieved it for its spinning mill in 2021.





This latest achievement is part of the manufacturer’s roadmap marked by constant innovation and advancement steps in operations, technology, and responsible manufacturing. 





Along with that, AGI Denim is the first—and, currently, only—B Corp company operating in Pakistan.





“Becoming end-to-end LEED Certified during these difficult times has been a ray of hope for us. Each milestone like this brings us one step closer to our vision of being fully responsible and manufacturing with purpose,” commented Hasan Javed, executive director, AGI Denim.





“We are focused on tangible advances to reach our goal of becoming Net Zero by 2040, which will help bring about change for the better. This certification shows our commitment to circularity and how we will never settle for anything short of the best approaches for our people and the planet,” he added.

AGI Denim weaving department
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AGI Denim weaving department
The U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification is a green building certification program that evaluates and recognizes the environmental performance of buildings, homes, and communities.






LEED certification can show a company’s commitment to sustainability and reduce its environmental impact. The process is especially difficult for factories, which are typically more resource-intensive than homes and offices, the company explained.




 

The denim manufacturer achieved LEED certification by demonstrating sustainable practices in the facilities’ design, construction, and operation. This includes utilizing renewable energy like solar panels, energy-efficient lighting, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems, reducing water usage, recycling water, using environmentally friendly materials, and implementing waste management programs.




 

In addition to the spinning mill, the fabric facilities are highly automated to ensure the high-quality products while maximizing worker safety in the process. 





The garment factory currently produces 24 million garments annually. Out of this, eight million garments are processed through 34 high-speed laser machines. The use of this technology brings a 48% efficiency increase in terms of time and energy. Automation like automated fabric cutters and robotic sprayers developed in-house further allows the company to focus on empowering its workforce through trained skill sets.

 






AGI Denim (Artistic Garment Industries) is a vertical premium denim manufacturer in Pakistan. The company’s inception started in 1949 and has since evolved and rebranded itself as AGI Denim.

AGI Denim
Photo: AGI Denim
AGI Denim
AGI Denim has recently invested US$75 million into state-of-the-art infrastructure and cutting-edge technology and commenced production in a new industrial park with over almost 93,000 sq. meters of purpose-built area.






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