MAS is a $1.6 bn conglomerate and is positioned as one of the world’s most recognized design-to-delivery solution providers in the realm of apparel and textile manufacturing. The organization is headquartered in Sri Lanka with 48 manufacturing facilities placed across 15 countries, design locations in key style centres across the globe and with over 83,000 people involved in its operation. MAS has a very diversified portfolio under its umbrella. In addition to apparel and textiles, they have businesses in SAP related IT solutions, its own retail brands and Industrial Parks; MAS is a conglomerate that strives to create a self-sustained ecosystem in the global business arena.
In 1987 Mahesh, Ajay and Sharad Amalean introduced lingerie manufacturing to South Asia. What seemed as venturing down a rather unconventional path has resulted in a success story. From 1994 to date, each year MAS secured awards including in areas such as quality, innovation, human resource and sustainability.
MAS employs approximately 69,000 in Sri Lanka, of which 70% are female. The people-oriented organization drives many strategic initiatives to develop human capital not only within the organization, but also in the country. To this effect, MAS launched ‘Skills For Work’, a four-year soft skills development programme, conducted at local universities. While MAS has instilled a learning and development culture across the group, it pays strong attention to both performance management and succession planning. Its staff undergo focused training which address knowledge and skill gaps in the current role, while also preparing them to move both horizontally and vertically in the organisation.
The organisation which encourages personal interests and hobbies currently promotes over 15 different sports at National and Mercantile level. It is noteworthy that MAS is also a sponsor of the National Cricket Team.
MAS is also a disabled-friendly organization with over 400 impaired employees. One of its Industrial Engineers even went onto represent Sri Lanka at the Rio 2016 Paralympics!
Over the last 8 years MAS Holdings has implemented measures to embed Environmental Sustainability at the core of its business, by implementing standards across all its facilities. MAS also has the world’s first eco-manufacturing plant for apparel – MAS Intimates Thurulie. It also has the largest rooftop solar solution in Sri Lanka – a 1-megawatt installation atop MAS Fabrics Matrix. The rooftop solar plant is roughly the size of 1.3 football fields.
The commitment to sustainability at MAS has over the years become integrated into the way they do business. The group’s strategy sits on two key pillars of “Products Made Better” that focuses on environmental impacts and “Lives Made Better” which focuses on adding value to all stakeholders, especially employees, families and communities. MAS is currently in process of integrating sustainability performance to its value chain. MAS Holdings is also a founding member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC).
MAS has a well-thought-out holistic approach to business, people and the environment, which makes it a great place to work.
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