Sustainability has gained an equally important momentum across the supply chain of the entire textile and apparel industry and many companies are giving due diligence to this proven fact.
US-based American & Efird (A&E), a portfolio company of Elevate Textiles and the world’s foremost manufacturer and distributor of industrial and consumer sewing thread, embroidery thread and technical textiles, released its 9th annual, Corporate Sustainability Report, ‘A Focus on the Future’ on 22nd April (Earth Day). The special day selected to release the report highlights the company’s annual progress in terms of environmental sustainability and corporate social responsibility.
Having 28 manufacturing facilities and employing over 10,000 associates from around the world directly or in association with joint venture partners, A&E measures its performance against the goals outlined within its Eco-Driven® program – the ten threads of sustainability. It is to be noted that 45 per cent of A&E’s global energy portfolio for steam production consisted of renewable fuels in 2018.
The Report Outlines…
Water Stewardship: The company recycled and reused over 2 billion litres of wastewater through its global operations since 2013 and there was 41 per cent reduction in global water consumption (litres per kg of thread) since 2006
Recycling and Waste Reduction: A&E claims 100 per cent zero-waste-to-landfill status at 16 of its global manufacturing operations and support facilities in 2018, with five other operations recycling more than 90 per cent of by-products and created waste.
Global Carbon Footprint and Energy Conservation: There was 13 per cent reduction of global carbon footprint (measured in CO2e in kg per kg of thread) since 2006 and 11 per cent reduction was noticed in global power consumption (KwH per kg of thread) since 2006.
A&E’s global incident rate improved to 0.55 in 2018. Though it is well below the US industry’s average, but the company’s target is to reach at zero accidents.
Recently A&E implemented a global energy efficiency best practice program to assist in enhancing the energy efficiency and conversation practice already in place and accomplish reduction goals.
In this year, all A&E operations will complete the Sustainable Apparel Coalition’s (SAC) facility Socila Labour Module (Higg FSLM). Its results will be available for A&E’ clients as well as suppliers through the Higg Index System.
“A&E has a long heritage, built on the manufacturing and distribution of quality, premium thread products and responsible manufacturing. We are excited to share with you the accomplishments achieved and challenges faced over the last 12 months in this important area for our company. We remain committed to holding ourselves accountable to our customers and stakeholders as we conduct our business in a transparent and ethical fashion.” – Chris Alt, President, A&E