SUSTAINABILITY IN THE INDUSTRY
Undoubtedly, climate change is a universal problem, since many years ago many countries have been developing various efforts to contribute to its mitigation; result of this are Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) established in the Agenda 2030, where all the actors contribute from their different environments.
El Salvador is one of the countries that has committed itself to reaching the Calendar 2030. The textile, clothing and free zone sectors are part of the industries that have demonstrated and continue to work on this global commitment.
Therefore, CAMTEX In 2021, it took the initiative to measure the degree of adoption of environmental projects and measures within the partner companies. Through a survey of members, it was found that the textile, clothing and free zone sector is committed to adopting the environmental agenda as one of its main axes within the industry.
We share the most important results of this initiative:
85% of the companies have active programs to reduce environmental impacts, on issues such as efficient use of water and energy, reduction of emissions, and management of waste and chemical substances.
88% of the companies that participated in the survey are part of international programs such as: Higg Index, GRS, ZDHC and WRAP, which strengthens trust between the industry and the final consumer.
78% of union members have reduced the use of water, energy and waste from one year to the next, demonstrating that the work carried out is based on continuous improvement.
95% of companies, that is, 9 out of 10 companies have teams of up to 7 collaborators focused on improving their environmental behavior and developing sustainability programs.
71% have a waste recycling policy and strategy, thus demonstrating their real commitment to the environment.
The management of chemical substances based on the Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL) is a permanent challenge, which is why 78% of the union members apply it in their processes.
93% of our companies know the environmental standards and codes of their end customers, ensuring sustainability throughout the process.
78% of the participating companies have investment programs or projects in the use of energy from renewable sources, which speaks of the seriousness with which the issue of climate change is taken.
By the year 2022, giving continuity to the importance of this topic in the industry, CAMTEX developed a second Forum where the tools used to measure the environmental impact of production processes were highlighted through Higg Index (FEM).
All this strengthens the global pact in which the Salvadoran industry participates to maintain the quality and sustainability standards that the sector requires globally.
As a union we celebrate the enormous advances that we recognize that we have challenges ahead; a path to follow with large areas of opportunity where our partners have shown a strong commitment to work.