A&E Displays Focus On The Future In 9th Annual Corporate Sustainability Report (Not Available in French)

MOUNT HOLLY, NC (April 22, 2019) – American & Efird (A&E), a portfolio company of Elevate Textiles and the world’s foremost manufacturer and distributor of industrial and consumer sewing thread, embroidery thread and technical textiles, announced its Earth Day release of its 9th annual, Corporate Sustainability Report, “A Focus on the Future.” Highlighting its annual progress in environmental sustainability and corporate social responsibility, A&E measures its performance against goals outlined within its Eco-Driven® program, the Ten Threads of Sustainability, with a mission of ensuring that future generations will have a great place to live and work.

“A&E has a long heritage, built on the manufacturing and distribution of quality, premium thread products and responsible manufacturing,” said A&E President, Chris Alt. “We are excited to share with you the accomplishments achieved and challenges faced over the last 12 months in this important area for our company. We remain committed to holding ourselves accountable to our customers and stakeholders as we conduct our business in a transparent and ethical fashion.”

A&E is well-known throughout the textile industry for its leadership roles in innovation, quality, sustainability, and corporate social responsibility initiatives, supporting many of the world’s top industrial and consumer brands with premium, ethically made thread products. 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:

Water Stewardship

Recycled and reused over 2 billion liters of wastewater at global operations since 2013

41% reduction in global water consumption (liters per kg of thread) since 2006

Recycling and Waste Reduction

100% Zero-Waste-to-Landfill status at 16 global manufacturing operations and support facilities in 2018, with 5 other operations recycling more than 90% of byproducts and created waste

Global Carbon Footprint and Energy Conservation*

13% reduction of global carbon footprint (CO2e in kg per kg of thread) since 2006

11% reduction in global power consumption (KwH per kg of thread) since 2006

45% of A&E’s global energy portfolio for steam production consisted of renewable fuels in 2018

Categories addressed in this report include: Global Carbon Footprint, Water Stewardship, Energy Conservation, Sustainable Packaging, Recycling and Waste Reduction Social Responsibility, Employee Health and Safety, Sustainable Products, Product Stewardship, Sustainable Packaging, and Supply Chain Sustainability.

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