Fo­cus of A&E’s 2017-2018 Cor­po­rate Sus­tain­abil­ity Re­port

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The more we talk about sus­tain­abil­ity and its im­pact on the world, the more crit­i­cal it be­comes for our sup­ply chain to fol­low prac­tices that not only cre­ate sus­tain­able prod­ucts but are pro­duced in a highly suit­able process. No com­pany in the sup­ply chain has re­mained im­mune to the trend, and there are some com­pa­nies for whom sus­tain­abil­ity is no longer a con­cept, but a way of life and busi­ness. Among these very proac­tive com­pa­nies is Amer­i­can & Efird (A&E), one of the world’s fore­most man­u­fac­turer and distrib­u­tor of in­dus­trial and con­sumer sewing thread, em­broi­dery thread and tech­ni­cal tex­tiles. The com­pany is set­ting new bench­marks in sus­tain­able busi­ness prac­tices. Re­cently, A&E has re­leased its 2017-2018 Cor­po­rate Sus­tain­abil­ity Re­port, just in time for Earth Day.

The re­port’s theme of Eth­i­cal

Thread em­pha­sizes the com­pany’s un­wa­ver­ing com­mit­ment to its in­dus­try-lead­ing sus­tain­abil­ity pro­gram and shares its goals and ac­com­plish­ments over the past year. High­light­ing ar­eas of safety, en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity and cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity in its an­nual re­port, A&E spot­lights its con­tin­ued progress and im­prove­ments in global wa­ter re­cy­cling and re­use, Zero-Waste-to-Land­fill ef­forts, and re­duc­tion in car­bon foot­print among oth­ers. “We strive to pro­duce and dis­trib­ute re­spon­si­ble, pre­mium qual­ity, eth­i­cal thread prod­ucts every day through ex­cel­lence in in­no­va­tion and good man­u­fac­tur­ing prac­tices,” said Les Miller, CEO, A&E. “We are com­mit­ted to eth­i­cal man­u­fac­tur­ing. It’s the right thing to do not only for our cus­tomers and stake­hold­ers, but also for our fu­ture gen­er­a­tions,” he added.

Sup­port­ing many of the world’s top in­dus­trial and con­sumer brands with thread prod­ucts, A&E is well­re­garded through­out the tex­tile in­dus­try for its lead­er­ship role in in­no­va­tion, prod­uct qual­ity, and sus­tain­abil­ity. A&E con­tin­ues to abide by its pledge to cre­ate a bet­ter world through re­spon­si­ble cor­po­rate ac­tions, en­vi­ron­men­tally pro­tec­tive ef­forts, and nu­mer­ous con­tri­bu­tions to the com­mu­ni­ties in which it op­er­ates.

This year’s no­table Sus­tain­abil­ity High­lights in­clude the fol­low­ing:

Wa­ter Con­ser­va­tion

Over 1.5 bil­lion litres of waste­water has been re­cy­cled and reused since 2013. This amount of wa­ter would be enough to sup­ply 75 mil­lion peo­ple with wa­ter for one day at 20 litres per per­son. 48 per cent re­duc­tion in global wa­ter con­sump­tion (litres per kg of thread) since 2006.

Solid Waste

Zero-Waste-to-Land­fill sta­tus has grown to 16 global man­u­fac­tur­ing op­er­a­tions and sup­port fa­cil­i­ties in 2017, with 5 other op­er­a­tions over the 91 per­centile mark. A&E’s global goal is to achieve this sus­tain­abil­ity des­ig­na­tion in every man­u­fac­tur­ing op­er­a­tion world­wide.

Car­bon Foot­print and En­ergy Con­ser­va­tion

A&E uses the def­i­ni­tions and cal­cu­la­tion method­olo­gies found in Green­house Gas Pro­to­col to de­ter­mine our GHG emis­sions as de­vel­oped by the World Re­sources In­sti­tute and the World Busi­ness Coun­cil for Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment. A&E tracks Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emis­sions.

11 per cent re­duc­tion of global car­bon foot­print (CO2 emis­sion per kg of thread) since 2006.

7 per cent re­duc­tion in global power con­sump­tion (kWh per kg of thread) since 2006.

Cat­e­gories ad­dressed in this re­port in­clude: Wa­ter Ste­ward­ship, Solid Waste, Car­bon Foot­print, En­ergy Con­ser­va­tion, So­cial Re­spon­si­bil­ity, Em­ployee Health and Safety, Sus­tain­able Prod­ucts, Prod­uct Ste­ward­ship, Sus­tain­able Pack­ag­ing, and Sup­ply Chain Sus­tain­abil­ity.

“We be­lieve in be­ing trans­par­ent in our per­for­mance, and earn­ing the con­tin­ued trust of our cus­tomers and stake­hold­ers,” says Les Miller. In ad­di­tion to A&E’s stead­fast com­mit­ment to su­pe­rior qual­ity and cus­tomer ser­vice, A&E is a rec­og­nized in­dus­try leader in en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity and cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity and op­er­ates its global fa­cil­i­ties with the ut­most re­gard for safety and health of its as­so­ciates em­ployed world­wide.

Through its global net­work, A&E’s prod­ucts are man­u­fac­tured in 22 coun­tries

(owns or op­er­ates 27 man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­i­ties), dis­trib­uted in 50 coun­tries and sold in over 100 coun­tries.

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