PVH Corp receives award for sustainable operations in Ethiopia
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