AGI Denim, a leading South Asia’s vertical denim manufacturer, received the B Corporation certification.
Thanks to this acknowledgement, it is now the first company to become B Corp certified in its country, Pakistan, and joins a group of companies focused on reinventing business by pursuing purpose as well as profit.
The B Corp certification addresses the entirety of a business’ operations and covers the five key impact areas of Governance, Workers, Community, Environment, and Customers. B Corp applicants must reach a benchmark score of over 80 while providing evidence of socially and environmentally responsible practices relating to energy supplies, waste and water use, worker compensation, diversity, and corporate transparency. AGI Denim scored 91.4 in the B Lab assessment with a clear focus and vision of doing business with purpose beyond profit in its company articles.
The B Corp community represents a broad cross-section of industries, including well-known brands such as Aesop, Allbirds, Athleta, Eileen Fisher, and Patagonia. Recent attention on the denim industry makes AGI Denim’s B Corp certification mark a notable step and signals a shift towards greater accountability and transparency in the sector.
The denim manufacturer considers success to revolve around three main aspects–people, planet, and profit. The company reasserts its commitment to its people by providing free healthcare, interest-free microfinancing, and a safe workplace for differently-abled individuals and minorities, which creates an inclusive environment encouraging training and growth.
By integrating automation into the supply chain, AGI Denim has managed to curb waste by increasing its focus on circularity. Its water recycling plant, industrial park, and the first LEED-certified spinning mill in the country, coupled with new innovative, responsible collections, help to show how AGI Denim cares for the planet.
Chris Turner, Executive Director of B Lab UK, says “We are pleased to have B Corps of all shapes and sizes as part of our community – from startups to multinationals and across many industries. Business is a powerful force, and B Corps demonstrate that you can do good in any sector. Welcoming AGI Denim is an exciting moment because they have an opportunity to lead the way within the denim industry.”