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Ethical Thread: Focus of A&E's 2017-2018
Corporate Sustainability Report (4/22/18)
American & Efird (A&E), one of the world's foremost manufacturers and distributors of industrial and
consumer sewing thread, embroidery thread and technical textiles, 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 for our customers and stakeholders,
but also our future generations."
Supporting many of the world's top industrial and consumer brands with thread products, A&E is well-
regarded 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 liters 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 liters per person.
• 48% reduction in global water consumption (liters 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*
• 11% reduction of global carbon footprint (CO2e in kg per kg of thread) since 2006.
• 7% 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.
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