CAMTEX held its fourth sustainability forum where the new perspectives that international buyers are adopting towards their suppliers were presented.

The Chamber of the Textile and Clothing Industry of El Salvador (CAMTEX) revealed that 61% of the sector have investment programs or projects in the use of renewable energies, as announced in the fourth sustainability forum called: Traceability and Social Compliance in the Supply Chain.

During the event, held virtually, industry leaders participated on a global scale, from different geographical areas, who shared the best practices in order to maintain a sustainable supply chain based on traceability.

“The industries of El Salvador are not alien to the application of sustainability strategies within their production processes. According to our most recent survey, 61% of our industrialists have investment programs or projects in the use of energy from renewable sources, we are employing sustainable strategies and we represent supply chains that maintain their responsibility in the market," said Patricia Figueroa, executive director of the union during the inauguration of the forum.

During the forum, presentations from major brands such as Unifi, HanesBrands, Textile Genesis were given, as well as presentations from members of international associations that regulate the industry such as the American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA). , Cotton Inc. and the US Cotton Protocol. From the point of view of the support infrastructure for production, members of the most important free zones in the country, such as the El Pedregal Free Zone, also participated.

“We firmly believe that the challenges of the textile industry can be addressed through collaboration between reliable and committed partners, and the Salvadoran sector has demonstrated its resilience, innovation and responsibility. Currently, 70% of the companies represented in CAMTEX have significantly reduced the use of water, energy and waste from one year to the next and have traceability in their indicators that reflect this improvement," said Mauricio Ernesto Rodríguez, technical manager of CAMTEX. in the event.

The studies of the large international buyers of the local industry revealed during the event that there is a new post-covid trend in consumers throughout the planet where 50% of them look for brands that offer a product or a sustainable shopping experience and where each brand is fighting to minimize the environmental, social and governance risks that could damage its reputation, covering its entire supply chain.