The Good Fashion Fund, the Fashion for Good initiated fund to drive sustainable manufacturing practices, has signed its first deal with Pratibha Syntex, India’s leading apparel manufacturer.
The US $ 4.5 million (approximately Rs. 33.75 crore), long-term loan, will support Pratibha Syntex’s planned capital expenditures for the replacement of machinery and expansion of sustainable equipment in their spinning, processing and garmenting divisions, as well as provide new equipment for the expansion of their activities and facilities.
The new equipment will lead to a significant reduction in water, energy and chemical usage. This will enable the apparel manufacturing giant to meet the manufacturing demands of its clients, whilst furthering their sustainability agenda to meet their climate positive ambitions.
Known for its various sustainability initiatives, Indore-based Pratibha Syntex works with many leading brands and retailers like C&A, H&M, Patagonia and Zara.
“With the capital provided by the Good Fashion Fund, Pratibha Syntex can invest in securing a sustainable future for our processes which will have positive, compounded effects along the value chain. We’re extremely pleased with the partnership and excited to continue on our journey for positive impact,” said Shreyaskar Chaudhary, MD, Pratibha Syntex Limited.
Further on this, Kelly Clark, Director of Finance and Capital Market Transformation, Laudes Foundation, said “Visionary apparel manufacturers like Pratibha Syntex Limited show how much apparel manufacturers can achieve right now in terms of sustainability. And with investors like the Good Fashion Fund, these manufacturers can grow and experiment with innovation that could enable a full transition to net zero manufacturing in a circular relationship with nature.”
Launched in 2019, the Good Fashion Fund is initiated by Fashion for Good, and is a collaboration between Laudes Foundation, Hong Kong-based The Mills Fabrica and FOUNT.
The vision of the Good Fashion Fund is to help manufacturers in the apparel supply chain to invest and reinvest in innovations that deliver both economic growth and good fashion practice.
FOUNT provides investment and fund management expertise in emerging countries while Fashion for Good (also acting as sub-advisor to the fund) provides an unrivalled industry network and strong deal pipeline, as well as access to innovations and technical knowledge.
“The investment made with Pratibha Syntex is a monumental first step for the Good Fashion Fund. We are very excited partnering with Pratibha and we’re committed to driving positive change in the apparel value chain and look forward to concluding more investments with forward thinking manufacturers, brands and technology companies in the region,” said Bob Assenberg, Fund Director, Good Fashion Fund.
With a target size of US $ 60 million, the fund provides long-term funding to apparel and textile manufacturers in Asia, mainly in India, Bangladesh and Vietnam, to implement impact technologies.
The fund aims to mobilise the use of safe and recyclable materials, clean and efficient energy, closed-loop manufacturing and the creation of better working conditions and fair jobs and growth, all in line with good energy, good water, good materials, good lives and good economy.