Blue Earth Capital closes its first sustainability-linked loan with leading Asian garment retail manufacturing business

Baar-Zug, Switzerland, March 07, 2024

Blue Earth Capital AG (“BlueEarth”), the specialist global impact investor, today announces the completion of a $ 30 million direct credit investment into Q Collection Pte. Ltd. (“Q Collection” or “the Company”). Headquartered in Singapore, Q Collection Pte. Ltd. (also known as SQ Group), is a leading vertically integrated apparel manufacturer with its manufacturing operations in Bangladesh.

The ready-made garment (RMG) manufacturing industry is a key contributor to the economic success of Bangladesh. It accounts for over 80% of the country’s exports [1], employing over 4.5 million individuals, mostly women from economically disadvantaged backgrounds [2]. At the same time, the garment sector in Bangladesh is the largest industrial contributor of CO2 emissions representing 15.4% of the country’s total [3]. Given the significant scale, improvements are needed to minimize the sector’s environmental impact. BlueEarth is committed to supporting Q Collection in delivering on their pledge to deploy advanced ESG practices as part of an overarching climate and social sustainability strategy.

This collaboration marks BlueEarth’s first sustainability-linked loan. It features select loan terms tied to Q Collection’s performance in achieving predefined ESG targets linked to the Higg Index, a comprehensive rating tool developed by the Sustainable Apparel Coalition which rigorously measures a company’s sustainability across the entire value chain. This structure allows both parties to align environmental and social impact outcomes with financial objectives. Q Collection’s long-standing commitment to progressive sustainable manufacturing practices includes greater use of renewable energy, sustainable materials, recyclable packaging, production waste minimization, and more efficient production technology. The company is also committed to building an inclusive and empowering workplace for its over 19,000 employees.

BlueEarth’s capital infusion will be used to develop a new manufacturing site which includes upgrading to more energy efficient machines and facilities, the installation of rooftop solar systems and a rainwater harvesting initiative. This will enable Q Collection to continue to expand its operations and create more jobs for underserved communities, while contributing to a more sustainable garment manufacturing sector.

Amy Wang, Head of Private Credit at Blue Earth Capital, stated: “We are excited about our partnership with Q Collection to help them expand their sustainable production capacity and create thousands of new jobs. We have aligned on a rigorous Environmental and Social Action Plan alongside the terms of the financial structure to ensure that we deliver on both impact and financial return. Closing our first sustainability-linked loan is an important step for us at BlueEarth as we continue to seek to tackle the world’s most pressing social and environmental challenges.”

Senthil Selvan, the CEO at Q Collection, said: “We are thrilled to have BlueEarth as our partner in accelerating our growth-oriented business strategy and sustainability ambitions. This investment from BlueEarth is perfectly timed, as it will be instrumental in executing our ongoing priorities, which include strategic capacity expansion, further technology integration, and several flagship sustainability projects. Q Collection and BlueEarth share common values and priorities in terms of social responsibility, environmental stewardship, and technology and innovation. At Q Collection, we remain steadfast in bringing unique apparel manufacturing solutions and providing exceptional value to our global customers.”




Notes to editors

About Blue Earth Capital

Blue Earth Capital is a global, independent, specialist impact investor, headquartered in Switzerland, with operations in New York, London, and Konstanz. Blue Earth Capital seeks to address the world’s most pressing social and environmental challenges by delivering measurable impact alongside aiming for attractive and market-rate financial returns. The company operates dedicated private equity, private credit, and fund solutions. Blue Earth Capital is owned by the Blue Earth Foundation, a Stiftung (charity/trust) registered in Switzerland that focuses on deep impact to support initiatives and business ventures to help deliver a more equitable and sustainable future.

About Q Collection Pte. Ltd.

Q Collection Pte. Ltd. is a distinguished apparel manufacturing company specializing in the production of knitwear, underwear, and activewear. The Company’s manufacturing subsidiaries are based in Bangladesh having its headquarters located in Singapore. Q Collection operates its Product, Design & Development Center in the UK. The Company’s journey commenced in 1993 and over the years, it has experienced substantial growth and achieved a strong reputation as a people centered and innovation driven workplace. The company has also earned a commendable reputation for delivering high-quality products, advanced manufacturing technology, and a steadfast dedication to sustainability and social responsibility.


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[1] The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (2023).

[2] International Labour Organization (2022).

[3] Green Climate Fund (2020).

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