In: Textile | October 2017
Tropic Knits Group, key supplier for brands in the global market, has initiated in 2015 a 5-year plan regarding Sustainability at work. ASOS interviewed Zaynab Khodabocus, Environmental Manager at Tropic Knits Group, for its supplier newsletter, to gain an insight into their stance on implementing sustainability.
Zaynab Khodabocus : We developed a 5-year plan in 2015 – getting it off the ground required:
Zaynab Khodabocus : We’ve managed to identify the low-hanging fruit when it comes to energy and water saving e.g.reviewing lighting layout or removing unnecessary lighting. We’ve also improved internal communications on environmental aspects via newsletters, mails, posters and displays.
Zaynab Khodabocus : Our sustainability performance is measured using the Environmental Module, which was developed by the SAC and is adapted for the textile industry. The findings are brought up in quarterly meetings and at top management level. The SAC has been crucial, which is why we have become a corporate member. We want to harmonise our sustainability strategy in all of our units across various countries with all our stakeholders, by focusing on critical areas and on community involvement.
Zaynab Khodabocus : Given the importance of being sustainable in today’s competitive global market, we are consolidating the reporting and tracking of our sustainable performance on a monthly basis. This is so we can position ourselves as a key supplier for brands in the global market.
Zaynab Khodabocus : If retailers develop and design sustainable products whilst marketing these to end-consumers, it will help encourage manufacturers to do the same – traceability is also key. Having workshops or webinars with manufacturers may be useful in aligning us all.
Zaynab Khodabocus : At the beginning of this journey, culture change was our biggest barrier.
Zaynab Khodabocus : Seeing our people involved in CSR and Environment day.
Zaynab Khodabocus : All our facilities to be on 85% on sustainable performance for the environment module.