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