Esquel Hosted a Stakeholder Dialogue on Sustainability and Challenges Facing The China Textile Industry
"Sustainability is about people changing a way of life,” textile and apparel manufacturer Esquel Group’s Chairman Marjorie Yang recently said in a three-day sustainability symposium held by Esquel in Gaoming, China.
Esquel’s vertically integrated production begins in Xinjiang province where the Group grows its own Extra Long Staple Cotton, and continues through spinning, weaving, knitting, dyeing and finishing, garment manufacturing, manufacturing of accessories, packaging and retailing.
At Esquel, sustainability is at the heart of the Group’s corporate values and sustainable practices can be found in many aspects of manufacturing, including water conservation, energy saving and emissions reduction. From 2005 to 2012, the Group reduced its water and energy consumption by 59% and 45% respectively. In cotton farming, the use of drip irrigation in Xinjiang has reduced water usage by 70% .
This year, Esquel celebrates its 35th anniversary with the launching of a symposium themed “Be Green and Innovative”, discussing sustainability and challenges the Chinese textile industry now faces. The event brought together stakeholders in the textile and apparel industry, Chinese Government officials and representatives from NGOs both inside and outside of China. Dialogues among speakers highlighted the need for transformation and upgrade of the textile industry through sustainable and innovative production.
“Sustainability requires a holistic approach,” said Vice Chairman and CEO John Cheh. “It is not a destination but a continuous journey. We practice lean, green, and ethical manufacturing along the entire supply chain. The key to sustainability, is not sitting around waiting for others to tell you what to do but taking a pro-active approach". Esquel will continue to focus on research and development, to explore sustainable and innovative products and technology, and find opportunities for further improvement along its supply chain. The Group aspires to make a difference within the textile industry and contribute to the well-being of a wider community.