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Elevate Textiles Releases 2023 Sustainability Report

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Charlotte, NC – Elevate Textiles, a global provider of advanced, high-quality products and mission critical textile solutions, is pleased to release its 2023 Sustainability Report. Elevate, along with its distinguished brands American & Efird (A&E), Burlington, Cone Denim, Gütermann, and Safety Components, updates on current commitments, collaborations, and advancements in relation to achieving its 2025 Sustainability Goals to responsibly source fibers, reduce water consumption, and lower greenhouse gases.

Within the report, Elevate outlines progress on its Ten Threads of Sustainability, an internal program with a focus on driving key sustainability initiatives. The Ten Threads guide Elevate’s sustainable decision-making, support the company’s 2025 Sustainability Goals, and drive further supply chain transparency and traceability. The report shares the company’s participation and leadership in industry collaborations and alignment with the UN Global Compact’s Ten Principles, specifically highlighting Elevate’s actions that directly support UN Sustainable Development Goal commitments.

“We continue to strive to create a company of sustainability advocates that understand the importance and act in ways, both at work and in their everyday lives, to preserve and protect the natural resources of this world,” said Sim Skinner, President and Chief Executive Officer, Elevate Textiles. “Elevate and its brands are dedicated to understanding our customers’ sustainability priorities while also doing our part to constantly drive progress and improve sustainability practices within the company.”

The 2023 Sustainability Report highlights Elevate’s key achievements over the past year, including:

  • Joined the Textile Exchange to partner more closely with customers, suppliers, and other industry stakeholders on the development of preferred materials and reduction of adverse supply chain impacts.

  • Commissioned two new rooftop solar power projects in China and in Sri Lanka, with additional rooftop solar power projects in development.

  • Expanded engagement with suppliers by encouraging implementation of the Higg FEM and Higg FLSM self-assessment and verification audit programs to help with sharing data and best practices and reducing GHGs, water intensity, and more.

“We believe in being at the table with our customers, suppliers, and other stakeholders as together we overcome challenges and partner to find meaningful solutions,” said Jimmy Summers, Chief Sustainability Officer, Elevate Textiles. “Measurable action is a key focus for us. Setting long term targets and goals is necessary, but real progress can only be made by translating those into actionable steps for today, involving each person within Elevate.”

To review the full Sustainability Report and updates on key actions and sustainable innovations, visit Elevate Textile’s website at elevatetextiles.com/sustainability.

Media: Materials and images are available via download.

For more information, please contact Delores Sides at delores.sides@elevatetextiles.com or 336.379.2903.

About Elevate Textiles

Elevate Textiles offers distinguished global textile brands including American & Efird, Burlington, Cone Denim, Gütermann and Safety Components. With a global array of premium fabric and thread solutions focused on innovation, sustainability, and quality craftsmanship, Elevate and its portfolio brands provide products that surround us every day and in all facets of life. We offer advanced, high-quality products and mission critical textile solutions across vast industries including fashion and functional apparel, footwear, military, fire, medical, athletic, automotive, aerospace, outdoor, and other specialty sectors. Elevate is committed to delivering solutions that protect and enhance our lives through its global manufacturing platform. To learn more about Elevate Textiles and our brands, visit elevatetextiles.com and follow us on LinkedIn.



This press release was issued April 26, 2023. American & Efird, LLC is a member of SPESA.


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