TTG's commitment to ensuring traceability in its supply chain and responsible sourcing of materials is aligned with UN Sustainable Development Goals 6 and 12.
TTG does not directly produce our merchandise. We work closely with our supply chain partners to help identify and implement opportunities to minimize the environmental impact of the manufacturing process.
Since 2018, TTG has utilized Sustainable Apparel Coalition's Higg Index to partner with laundries and mills to measure and improve environmental performance. The Higg Facility Environmental Module (FEM) measures impact in specific areas for individual factories. Assessments are conducted at least once a year and are then verified by SAC-approved, on-site assessors. The results guide manufacturers around making improvement and provide current best practices in the field.
Higg Facility Environmental Module
Under the Higg FEM scoring system, the self-assessment questions are categorized in three levels – 1, 2 and 3, signifying general thresholds of good, better and best environmental practices. When a facility achieves Level 1 it indicates an “awareness and understanding of sources and system”.TTG is working closely with its supply chain partners to achieve Level 1 in 100% of mills and laundries completing the Higg FEM. To work towards TTG’s 2021 goal, the TTG Hong Kong team will support facilities via factory visits, trainings, setting targets, identifying area of improvement across all seven sections and tracking improvement progress through the Performance Improvement Plans. . The number of facilities achieving Level 1 status has continuously increase over the years. All of the facilities which have performed the Higg FEM self-assessment annually since 2018 have achieved Level 1 status for at least one of the scored sections.
In addition, each Higg FEM section score has increased year over year. Prominent improvement is seen in the EMS and Chemicals sections, with over 50% in median score since 2018. This has helped contributed to the increase of overall scores by 18% since 2018.
Garment manufacturing uses a great amount of water, particularly the dying and wash processes. A&F is working diligently with our supply chain partners to identify opportunities for efficiency and conservation and is striving for at least 30% water reduction in denim production by 2022.
Several of TTG’s vendor partners have increased the use of recycled water versus fresh water in their facilities. For example, Crystal Group International Ltd. has reported that it is increasing the use of recycled water in its production line.
TTG requires our suppliers to properly use, store and dispose of chemicals in the manufacturing process. Our Vendor Code of Conduct specifically requires all suppliers to adhere toTTG’s Restricted Substance Policy and Restricted Substance List. For a copy of TTG’s Restricted Substance List, see here.
In 2019, TTG required denim washhouses to conduct wastewater tests against the ZDHC guideline, which include 29 physical and chemical parameters (e.g. temperature, COD, heavy metal, etc.) and 14 chemical groups on the ZDHC MRSL (Manufacturing Restricted Substances List). The purpose of the testing is to ensure discharged wastewater from washhouses are not polluting the environment.
TTG appoint a ZDHC approved laboratory to collect wastewater sample and conduct the test. Over 20 denim washhouses are required to test their wastewater against the ZDHC guideline annually. The washhouses need to submit corrective actions plan if any parameters detected exceeding the limit.
Beginning in 2021, TTG will expand the wastewater test program to all garment dyehouses. Beyond 2021, key fabric mills will also be required to complete the test.
Moving forward, wastewater tests will be completed annually by a ZDHC approved laboratory. TTG will work with suppliers at risk to identify improvement opportunities for their chemical management systems. TTGwill gradually expand the wastewater test program to all garment dyehouses and key mills by 2021 and beyond.
TTGis proud to share the environmental work being done by a few of our key supply chain partners.
Crystal International Group Limited, one of TTG’s long-time supply chain vendors, published its most recent sustainability report in 2018 providing an update on its Sustainability Framework. The Framework focuses on five key areas: Environment, Innovation, Community Engagement, Product Integrity and Employee Care.
In 2017, Crystal achieved its 5-year Environmental Targets for a second time and is now working towards its third set of 5-Year Targets (2018 – 2022) illustrated below.
Hansoll Textile Ltd., another key TTG supply chain partner, has published Annual Sustainability Reports since 2008 providing updates on social responsibility and sustainability goals, progress and management methods. Hansoll operates with six Core Values: Ethics & Transparency, Safety & Human Rights, Environment, Brand Protection, Risk Management and Community. Reducing GHG emissions is Hansoll’s current environmental focus.
In its 2019 Sustainability Report, “From CSR to Creating Shared Value Based on Transparency, Trust and Continuous Innovation”, Hansoll highlighted some of its key environmental sustainability goals and current status, including the following:
Goal: Commit to reduce GHG emissions by 39% (24,300 tCO2e) compared to baseline year 2016 by 2030:
Goal: Enhance usage of renewable energy at owned factories to 17.9% by 2022
Source: Hansoll 2019 Annual Report
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