Supplier assessment for environmental practices
Textile production is water-intensive. Water impacts our supply chain mostly through the irrigation of cotton fields and through the wet processes of textile production, such as dyeing and washing. Water consumption and water treatment should therefore be as efficient as possible. Our suppliers are expected to follow the applicable environmental legislation. In addition, an environmental code, in use in our purchasing offices, sets requirements for water treatment, chemicals handling, waste treatment, emissions and continuous improvement. At the same time, we have been cooperating with our suppliers in improvement projects covering responsible water management, energy efficiency and use of chemicals through Lindex. During the last years, these projects have been proven to be a more effective way to increase environmental awareness and improve processes. In 2015, Lindex will continue and strengthen its engagement in these projects. Stockmann considers environmental aspects when planning and managing operations and when procuring products and services for the Group’s own use.
Through Lindex, we have been involved for years in sustainability projects in the Group’s important production countries, such as India and Bangladesh, where there are challenges with water scarcity and clean water. We aim for as many suppliers as possible to participate in these projects and to transition to more resource-efficient and cleaner production. The water-related cooperation projects include the Sustainable Water Resources Management (SWAR) project, the Partnership for Cleaner Textiles in Bangladesh (PaCT), the Sweden Textile Water Initiative (STWI), the Better Cotton Initiative and WaterAid. Read more on the Lindex website.