The LYCRA Company, a global leader in developing sustainable and innovative fiber and technology solutions for the apparel and personal care industries, today announced the publication of its first annual Planet Agenda Update. Visitors to the company’s website may download the entire update or the abridged 2030 Goals and Commitments section.

The Planet Agenda Update is named for The LYCRA Company’s sustainability framework that was established in 2008. It has three pillars that touch every aspect of its business: corporate responsibility, product sustainability, and manufacturing excellence. The sustainability goals outlined in these documents are organized around these pillars, include 2030 targets (unless otherwise noted), and provide 2021 baseline performance.

“We believe in transparency and think it’s important to have a clear sustainability roadmap to guide our business into the future – a bold plan that fully supports our customers and stakeholders,” said Julien Born, chief executive officer of The LYCRA Company. “In support of this plan, we have signed the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) Call-to-Action Commitment Letter, a testament to our company’s focus on lowering emissions and environmental impact. I’m proud of our teams’ work to advance our sustainability efforts and develop our 2030 goals as we work toward our 2050 net zero commitment.”

This update also outlines how the company’s sustainability goals align with five of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and reports on its progress made thus far in reaching its objectives.

“We have a long legacy as an industry leader known for investing in developing sustainable fibers and collaborating across the value chain,” said Jean Hegedus, sustainability director at The LYCRA Company. “As we created our 2030 goals, we researched our customers’ goals to ensure that our goals supported them, which inspired the update’s theme of ‘What moves you… is what moves us.'”

The LYCRA Company is an innovation-driven organization that began offering COOLMAX® EcoMade fiber in 2008 and has since extended its recycled product line to include fiber branded under LYCRA®, LYCRA® T400®, and THERMOLITE®. It also produces LYCRA® XTRA LIFE™ brand fibers for stretch apparel that delivers lasting shape and fit. Extending garment life with durable fibers reduces the environmental impact of garments and helps keep them out of landfills. The company recently announced an agreement with Qore® LLC to use QIRA® for bio-derived LYCRA® fiber at scale.

“Our industry-leading research and development team is creating the next generation of sustainable offerings for apparel and personal care products right now. We can’t wait to share what’s next,” Born added.

LYCRA®, LYCRA® T400®, COOLMAX®, THERMOLITE®, and XTRA LIFE™ are trademarks of The LYCRA Company. Qore® LLC and QIRA® are trademarks of Qore® LLC.

The international group of companies pursues transparent communication and therefore publishes its current Sustainability Report 2021. The focus is on personnel development, energy and water consumption as well as company-wide emissions and waste behavior. Thematic highlights in this report are the group-wide projects for climate protection as well as the sustainable products and solutions, which present the sustainability commitment and the innovative strength of the CHT Group.

As an internationally operating foundation-owned company, the CHT Group is one of the leading suppliers of sustainable chemical products and solutions for a wide range of applications and industries. Therefore, open and transparent communication with all stakeholders, in particular also with customers and suppliers, has traditionally been important to the group. This is illustrated first and foremost by the company’s comprehensive sustainability reporting. The current edition of the annual CHT Sustainability Report for the period from January to December 2021 is now available.
Based on this sustainability report, the CHT Group documents online all activities with which it has fulfilled its responsibility as a future-oriented and sustainable company in 2021. The report has been prepared in accordance with the GRI standards of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) based on the core option.
The focus is on personnel development, energy, and water consumption, as well as company-wide emissions and waste behavior, and how the company is dealing with future challenges.

Of particular note here is the group-wide project on climate protection:

It is particularly remarkable that 65% of the CHT Group’s sales in 2021 were generated with sustainable products. For this, over 88% of the strategic raw material volume was sourced from suppliers classified as sustainable.
Also noteworthy in the report are the current work topics and outlooks, as well as sustainable products and solutions for CHT customers, which showcase the Group’s commitment to sustainability and innovation. For example, the numerous concepts and optimally matched auxiliaries with which energy and resource savings can be implemented for various textile application fields. They vividly and exemplarily demonstrate the efforts to achieve the company’s own sustainable and strategic goals, which are derived from the United Nations Development Goals (SDGs).
In the Sustainability Report 2021, the CHT Group presents its contribution to sustainable and responsible action, illustrating the Group’s core strategy of consistently pursuing its long-term path as a sustainable partner and leading reference for sustainable chemical solutions.

 You can find the current edition of the report here: https://sustainability-report.cht.com