We act sustainably for people and the environment. We have set clear targets for 2025 in the areas of CO2 emissions, water consumption and sustainable raw materials.
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS)
As part of the global community, we align our sustainability goals with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We focus on those SDGs where we have the greatest impact.
Effective climate and environmental protection comes from cooperation
Therefore, we participate in the following sustainability initiatives:
Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTI)
The Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) is a global initiative that aims to provide companies with a clear pathway to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and increase their competitive advantage in the transition to a low-carbon economy. The targets are calculated on a scientific basis to ensure that global warming is limited.
Elevate Textiles joined SBTi in September 2019. Since then, the company has expanded its commitment by joining the “Business Ambitions 1.5 °C” campaign and evaluating its emission reduction targets along the entire value chain.
Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC)
The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) is an association of more than 250 brands, manufacturers and companies in the textile industry, retailers, suppliers, service providers, trade associations, non-profit organisations/NGOs and academic institutions working worldwide to reduce the environmental and social impact of products. With the Higg Index, SAC has developed an instrument that measures and evaluates the sustainability performance of products along the entire supply chain and identifies priority areas of action and opportunities.
At A&E Gütermann, we have been using the tools of the SAC Higg Index since 2014 to transparently assess the sustainability of our production sites. We are currently using the Higg Facility Environmental Module and are introducing the Higg Facility Social & Labor Module in order to map wages, working hours, health and safety.
Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC)
A&E Gütermann is a member of the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) initiative. We are thus committed to eliminating hazardous chemicals in the manufacturing process and complying with the Manufactured Restricted Substances List. The ZDHC Initiative provides companies with support and guidelines for implementing sustainable chemical management. ZDHC’s Manufacturing Restricted Substance List (MRSL) is designed to identify hazardous chemicals to reduce them in wastewater.
Our dye facilities account for chemical use with monthly ZDHC InCheck reports. Our goal is to eliminate substances from the Manufacturer’s Restricted Substance List. We are currently able to comply with MRSL v2.0 up to 73 %.
Responsibly sourced fibres
Through various collaborations and initiatives, Elevate Textiles is committed to making the supply and value chain more sustainable. The aim is to develop sensible solutions and create revolutionary products that reflect the commitment to the environment.
UN Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action
In 2019, Elevate Textiles joined the United Nations Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action (UNFCCC). In line with the climate goals of the Paris Agreement, the charter pursues the stated goal of reducing emissions along the entire value chain and achieving climate neutrality by 2050. By signing the charter, Elevate Textiles wants to highlight its commitment to a low-carbon future for the textile industry. We are proud to be the only sewing thread manufacturer to participate in the charter.
The “Ten Threads of Sustainability” are our guiding principles for sustainable action.
2023 Sustainability Report
We are pleased to present to you our sustainability goals and progress in our new 2023 Corporate Sustainability Report. As a signatory to the UN Global Compact and the UN CEO Water Mandate, this report also serves as our first Communication on Progress.
Environmental protection worldwide
Our production sites in Sri Lanka and the USA have already stopped producing landfill waste. In other countries, we are close to achieving the same thing. We also largely avoid plastic waste in our packaging. Where possible, we agree with the customer to avoid the use of any unnecessary packaging.
An important step on the way to a sustainable textile industry is to reduce water consumption. 100 % of the electricity used in our plant in Gutach im Breisgau comes from hydropower. Many of our plants – from Schwarzwald to Bangladesh – filter wastewater and process it into drinking water.
OEKO-TEX® STANDARD 100
Our sewing threads, fabrics and additional haberdashery articles fulfil the strict audit criteria with regard to low pollution. They are harmless and certified according to OEKO-TEX® STANDARD 100. We will be happy to send you the respective OEKO-TEX® certificate via e-mail on request.
Creating added value through responsibility: Our products and packaging materials as well as those of our suppliers do not contain any substances from the REACH candidate list according to Article 59 (1, 10) of Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006.
The Higg Index, an assessment tool for measuring sustainability performance along the textile value chain, has been common practice at A&E Gütermann since 2014. Thanks to our transparent sustainability concept, our European headquarters in Gutach received the Higg Index certification for the first time in 2016.Higg certificate
Staying ahead through efficient energy management: We continuously improve our energy performance certificate and take the regular revision of our energy targets seriously. Our energy management certification in accordance with DIN EN ISO 50001:2011 also proves this.ISO 50001 certificate
Together for a responsible chemicals management: A&E Gütermann is proud to be a member of the ZDHC (Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals) initiative. We are thus committed to eliminating hazardous chemicals in our manufacturing process and complying with the Manufactured Restricted Substances List.Manufactured Restricted Substances List
The GRS standard makes it possible to record the exact proportion of recycled material in yarn products and to track it throughout the entire value chain. In addition, this standard ensures that social, environmental and chemical regulations are adhered to during production, e.g. by complying with social standards and banning harmful substances.