Located just a few kilometres from the city of Chilaw in Sri Lanka is Benji, founded in 2007 following the success of the previously inaugurated Omega, Sirio and Alpha production facilities. The proprietary factories collaborate with one another to boost the efficiency and quality of the production process, and Benji’s task is to produce and export corsetry items, specialising in moulding bra cups, which it also produces for the other factories. Benji has received a number of accolades for its success, among the latest of which were the Presidential Export Award and the Best Export Award in 2019.
The quality of the working conditions offered to our employees and their professional development are factors that make a decisive contribution to an efficient, fruitful production process in the long term. This is why everyone in the plant – from operators to senior managers – is encouraged to follow both local and international training courses.
Employees – 92% of whom are women – are guaranteed a subsidised canteen service, as well as free transport, and the factory offers free healthcare, access to medical facilities and a company gym. In addition, for some years now, a Toastmasters Club has been present in the plant to teach public speaking and leadership techniques to all employees who are interested.
At Benji, the primary aim is to be a “good neighbour” for the local community, and this is achieved above all by offering employment and development opportunities to everyone living in the Chilaw area, improving the quality of life of employees and their families. In addition to this, Benji lends its support to social, cultural, infrastructural and care projects and activities in the local communities.
Being a good neighbour also means protecting and safeguarding the surrounding environment. This is why the plant does not release any liquids into the environment, endeavouring to purify waste water and use it to water the vegetation around the factory. Solid waste, paper, scrap fabric and plastic waste are recycled, while any remaining waste is sent to the waste-to-energy plant. In addition, all lights have been replaced with LED technology in order to boost energy efficiency.
The people who work for us have always been our most valuable resource, and no presentation of our factories would be complete without a word from them. Here are the stories of those who produce our items every day: