PVH Corp re­ceives award for sus­tain­able op­er­a­tions in Ethiopia

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PVH Corp, one of the world’s largest ap­parel com­pa­nies and owner of iconic brands such as Calvin Klein, Tommy Hil­figer, Van Heusen, Speedo1, Warner’s and IZOD, has re­cently re­ceived an award for Cor­po­rate Ex­cel­lence from the US Sec­re­tary of State in recog­ni­tion of its role as a lead in­vestor in the ap­parel man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­ity at Hawassa, Ethiopia. The com­pany is one of the two win­ners of ACE 2018, which ac­knowl­edges US firms that main­tain high stan­dards of re­spon­si­ble busi­ness con­duct. PVH has got the sus­tain­able op­er­a­tions award as a lead in­vestor of best ap­parel man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­ity in Hawassa, Ethiopia. It has been awarded for help­ing to con­trib­ute to the growth and sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment of the lo­cal economies in which it op­er­ates. In 2014, PVH ap­proached some of its top sup­pli­ers to share its vi­sion for Africa. The com­pany had im­ple­mented in­ter­na­tional stan­dards and prac­tices in build­ing, fire and worker safety, en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity, and hu­man rights so as to es­tab­lish a sta­ble man­u­fac­tur­ing econ­omy. The Hawassa In­dus­trial Park will col­lec­tively pro­vide 60,000 jobs within a few years of time span and will fea­ture up-to-date machin­ery, pri­mar­ily fo­cused on en­vi­ron­men­tally ad­vanced prac­tices.

More­over, the park has Zero Liq­uid Dis­charge (ZLD) ef­flu­ent treat­ment fa­cil­ity that re­cy­cles over 90 per cent of the wastew­a­ter that is pro­duced in the park.

This helps in pre­serv­ing Lake Hawassa which serves as the com­mu­nity’s wa­ter sup­ply and is the heart of the lo­cal ecosys­tem. Emanuel Chirico, Chair­man and CEO, PVH Corp said, “We are in a unique po­si­tion to make pos­i­tive im­pacts in the places around the world where we work and live.

One of those places is Ethiopia, where we set out al­most five years ago to cre­ate a sus­tain­able, ver­ti­cally in­te­grated, ap­parel man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­try. We are see­ing our vi­sion come to life at the Hawassa In­dus­trial Park.” He also added, “We are hon­oured to re­ceive this award and are proud of the op­er­a­tion we have es­tab­lished there.”

“We are in a unique po­si­tion to make pos­i­tive im­pacts in the places around the world where we work and live. One of those places is Ethiopia, where we set out al­most five years ago to cre­ate a sus­tain­able, ver­ti­cally in­te­grated, ap­parel man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­try.”

– Emanuel Chirico

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