MGMA’s 3rd Annual Awards Dinner celebrates industry achievements in social compliance

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To spread awareness of the achievements of the factories in the garment sector the Annual Award Dinner has become MGMA’s yearly tradition. In 2016 MGMA celebrated the 3rd annual award dinner at the Rose Garden Hotel in Yangon and was attended by over 230 participants and 61 factories. Sponsorships are from Korean Garment Association in Myanmar, A&E Ltd, Groz-Beckert, OV Logistics, Luther Law Firm, Ayeyawaddy Development (Pathein Industry), GSCS, Damco Logistics and SMART Myanmar (both technically and financially).

This event also serves as a networking opportunity for hundreds of investors and managers from garment factories, logistics companies, international brands & fashion retailers and other industry service providers.
To honor the achievements from the factories MGMA has categorized the awards with the technical help of SMART Myanmar as follows:

• AWARD for Social Compliance Excellence: two awards given to a foreign invested factory and a local invested factory
• Runner-up for the Social Compliance AWARD
• Most improved factory award: given to the most improved factory within the SMART Social Compliance Academy TM program in 2016 (two awards given to a foreign invested factory and a locally invested factory)

KTK Garments won both awards for Social Compliance Excellence and most improved factory award as part of SMART’s Social Compliance Academy TM program as a 100% local factory. KTK Garments has invested much effort in improving health & safety and human resources issues with the guidance of SMART Myanmar’s social compliance experts to achieve these awards.

Tah Hsin is a 100% Taiwanese-owned factory and won the award for Social Compliance Excellence as a foreign invested factory. Tah Hsin is a well-established factory that receives encouraging support from their different European buyers. Not only did they participate in the SMART Social Compliance AcademyTM program but also did a worker training program with SMART and FWF in 2015 to raise awareness on grievance procedures.
The runner-up factory for the social compliance award went to Prosperity Co. Ltd, a sweater factory producing high quality knitware for the European market.

MGMA appreciates the achievements of these factories as part of their activities to advocate their Code of Conduct. MGMA also looks forward to continuing the work on social compliance to raise standards within the industry.