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Our Company

Know about us, about our story

1990:  A Young Man with a Dream

Shaheen Mahmud moves on from the end of a partnership with hands-on experience and excellent customer relationships. He dreams to start his own RMG business at 25 years of age with very little in his pocket but with mammoth aspirations. He hires his first employee and starts the business from 5100 sqft. factory space in Mohakhali Airport Road and purchases local machinery from Gulisthan.

 

During a time when people were speculative of the RMG industry, a banker finds assurance in his vision and extends a letter of credit.

1991 – 1995:  Wheels Turning

Cotton Group is born and carries out its first export on January 31, 1991. It begins exporting at 700,000 pieces per year with 250 employees. Achieving 200% growth year on year, Cotton Group expanded its factory space to 84,000 sqft by 1995 in a Mirpur facility while focusing on compliance measures within its practices.

1994-1999:  Unparalleled Growth

In 1994, Cotton Group moves into its first corporate headquarters while production hit 7,000,000 pieces per year and vertically expands by inaugurating its fabric making facility . The company receives many accolades during this time, including the Prime Minister Export Gold Award as the fastest growing exporter of knitwear.

 

Shaheen Mahmud continues to be recognized as a Commercially Important Person (“CIP”) for many years. Keeping compliance at the forefront, Cotton Group’s manufacturing facility shifts to Gazipur with a vertical set up.

2001-2008:  Racing Forward

Cotton Group acquires 11 acres of land in Valuka, Mymensigh and constructs a 500,000 sqft. facility to expand its manufacturing operations. The company further vertically and horizontally integrates, and opens a fabric making, dyeing, printing and embroidery facility all while focusing on the environmental impact of its operations.

 

Cotton Group installs a state of the art Effluent Treatment Plant (“ETP”) that runs 24/7 to purify industrial wastewater and releases it to the environment from the harmful effect caused by the effluent.

2008-Current:  A Better Tomorrow

Today, Cotton Group runs as a fully-integrated set up that focuses on the whole value chain process from yarn to ready-to-wear. Furthermore, Cotton Group acquired land in the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Shilpa Nagar – Mirershorai Economic Zone, the largest industrial enclave and also Bangladesh's first multi-sector economic zone, with plans to further expand its operations.

 

Cotton Group takes the sustainability pledge for people, planet and prosperity. Read more about our path to a greener future and why CottonCares TM .

 

Focusing on employee well-being has always been the priority at this establishment. With the spread of COVID-19 and conforming to the new normal, our production facility has been adjusted accordingly to adhere to health and safety standards. Read more on our proactive approach to fighting COVID-19.

Our Mission

To be the catalyst in communities of customers and partners by creating the best products while reducing the environmental footprint along the value chains in which we operate.

 

Companies:

Cotton ’N’ Cotton Garments Industries Limited – 1990
Cotton Line BD Ltd. – 1993
Cotton Dyeing and Finishing Mills Ltd. – 1994
Pacific Cotton Limited. – 2001

Our Awards

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National Export Trophy (Gold)

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Ministry of Commerce

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Best Stall (BATEXPO)

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BGMEA

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Best Stall (BATEXPO)

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BGMEA

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Sponsorship (Cotton Group 25th Bangladesh Amateur Golf Championship 2010)

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Bangladesh Golf Federation

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Supplier of the Year (Pacific Cotton Limited)

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REDCATS

 

 

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Contribution to Hockey Federation

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Bangladesh Hockey Federation

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Best Performance

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Sustainable Water Management (Stockholm International Water Institute)

Our Values:

We recognize ourselves as a value-driven organization. Our values continue to be the catalyst of our growth and business here at Cotton Group.

 

Our core values that shape us:

Customer Value

Our customers are the reason for our existence and the only guarantee to our future. We recognize them as our partners and are committed to listen and respond positively to their needs.

Empowering our people

We take care of our own and foster a team spirit while encouraging initiative and risk-taking.

Ownership Mindset

The success and reputation of our organization rests on an ownership mindset. It creates a sense of purpose to enable inspiration and accountability while adhering to the highest safety standards.

Integrity

Integrity is the hallmark of our business. To be fair, honest and ethical in our conduct is of utmost importance to us.

Excellence

We are passionate about maintaining the highest level of excellence in our employees, products and services we provide for our customers, which drives our quest for excellence.

Openness

Exploring new ways to continually grow our business through teamwork creates channels for growth. We are open to change and new ideas from our employees, customers and others to develop innovative solutions based on trust and mutual respect.

Respect

We value the diversity of talents, perspectives and experiences of others, and seek to treat one another the way we want to be treated. Respect is earned, not given.

Our Leadership

Meet our experienced & skillful leaders

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CEO

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Hermione Granger
Art Director

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Ron Wesley
Graphic Designer

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Certifications

BSCI: The Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) is a leading business-driven initiative for companies committed to improving working conditions in the global supply chain.

 

BSCI unite more than 900 companies around a development-oriented system applicable to all sectors and sourcing countries.

AFA: Launched in 2013, the AFA Project places factory workers and managers at the center of its activities to find sustainable solutions for improving workplaces.

 

Its core principle is the promotion of dialogue and cooperation between workers and managers.

OEKO-TEX : It is one of the world’s best-known labels for textiles tested for harmful substances. It stands for customer confidence and high product safety.

Accord :  The Accord ensures that no worker needs to fear fire, building collapses or other accidents that can be prevented with reasonable health & safety measures.

WRAP is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to the certification of lawful, humane and ethical manufacturing throughout the world. (Awarded in 2008, Gold Certified)

STWI : Sweden Textile Water Initiative helps leather and textile companies and factories reduce water, energy and chemical use in their supply chains.

Sedex stands for Supplier Ethical Data Exchange, which is an online system that allows suppliers to maintain data on ethical & responsible practices and allows them to share this information with their customers.

GOTS : The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is an internationally recognized organic textile standard. The standard covers the processing, manufacturing, packaging, labelling, trading and distribution of all textiles made from at least 70 percent certified organic natural fibers.

Machinery Brands

Our Products

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Our Process

Knitting

Dyeing

Laboratory

Design

Patterns

Finishing

Sewing

Cutting

Printing

Embroidery

Our Partners

“Make a customer, build a relationship, not a sale.”

– Shaheen Mahmud

 

At Cotton Group, we believe in partnership. Every single customer and employee, who we believe to be our partners, have empowered us to produce a better quality of products and solutions. We like to work closely with our partners to meet their expectations and share the best outcome of our service.

 

We have proudly served the following partners since our inception:

Our Commitment

CottonCares TM – “We believe in doing well by doing good”

 

 

Sustainability is a core driver of our business strategy, and our day-to-day practices. We are committed to uplifting the livelihoods of our people by creating a safe, equitable, and inclusive community where we thrive, together.

 

 

We believe that sustainability means, solidifying clear and attainable goals, and formulating a strategy to achieve those goals. Hence, our environmental, social, and corporate goals led us to embracing the triple-bottom-line approach in alignment with the United Nations Sustainable Goals (UN SDGs).

 

 

Through CottonCares, we strive to prioritize the following SDGs:

Good Health and Well-Being

  • On-Site Daycare Facility
  • Women’s (Menstrual) Health
  • On-Site Medical Support
  • Vaccine Promotion

Gender Equality

  • Equal Opportunity for Employees
  • Skill Refinement Opportunities for Women

Clean Water and Sanitation

  • Sanitation and Worker Safety Measures During COVID-19
  • Rainwater Harvesting
  • Clean Drinking Water
  • 24/7 Effluent Treatment Plant (ETP)

Decent Work and Economic Growth

  • RMG Contributes to 84% of Bangladesh’s Total Exports
  • List of Certifications (Compliance, Ethics, and Responsibility)

Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

  • Skills Development of All Employees
  • Management-Frontline Mentorship Initiative
  • Innovation Labs for Social Impact

Responsible Consumption and Production

  • Efficient of Natural Resources (i.e., ETP, Solar Energy)
  • Energy-Compliant Servomotor Use
  • Responsible Toxic Waste Management

Climate Action

  • Plantations for Carbon Emission Offsets through Sequestration
  • Renewable Energy Source Evaluation and Implementation
  • Paper Use Minimization
  • Energy-Efficient Lighting System (LED)

Covid 19 & Beyond

“United as ONE”

 

We know that going back to work can pose many challenges and questions around health and safety. That’s why we have made adjustments to our operating procedures to ensure the well-being of anyone that enters into our facilities.

 

We have faced an unprecedented time this year, and there’s so much that is unknown for the future. Like almost everyone around the world, we had to quickly adjust the way we live and conduct business. We believe that our employees are the catalyst of our success, but in this time of adversity, we have seen this to be even more prevalent as our employees continue to maintain the highest level of service to our clients.

 

We are grateful for the dedication our employees bring to Cotton Group and the depth of experience they have that allowed them to quickly pivot during these times. Along with our clients, employees and really the world, we too are looking towards the future and recovery.

 

We know that our facilities play an integral role in promoting a healthy environment, so we have modified our operating procedures. Some of these procedures are specific to implementing health and safety measures to accommodate physical distancing and to prevent the spread of any contagious diseases while in the building.

Our Commitment to Our Employees:

  • Health & Safety Measures: Our employees, suppliers and visitors must wear personal protective equipment on site, and we continue to train our teams on operating procedures to help enforce safety measures.
  • Social Distancing: We have mandated that our employees physically distance themselves to limit the spread of COVID-19 – this means we keep a distance of at least 1m from each other and avoid spending time in crowded places or in groups.
  • Operations: We have reviewed our operating systems to ensure optimal performance.
  • Cleaning: We are cleaning common and high-traffic areas more frequently.
  • Communication: We continue to communicate with our facilities regularly on our procedures, new protocols, and any COVID-19 case detection.

As mentioned, there is still so much unknown, but our team will continue to stay agile as we follow all health and safety measures outlined by health and governmental authorities.

 

From our team to you and your families, we wish you well.

Let’s Get In Touch

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Address

198 West 21th Street, Suite 721 New York, NY 10010

Phone

+88 (0) 101 0000 000

Fax

+88 (0) 202 0000 001

E-mail

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Contact Us And Say Hello

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